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What does dosing off while driving indicate?

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Posted on Tue, 24 Oct 2017
Question: I have been inform by my son he has problems driving at night, and also told me he has fallen asleep while driving.
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Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Get evaluated and investigated by a physician

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have gone through your question and understand your concern.
Sleeping during driving can be due to extreme exhaustion or narcolepsy.
Is there any history of snorring?
Any complaints of night blindness?
Get him examined by a physician.
Get blood pressure measured, blood sugar, thyroid profile tested.
Polysomnography testing can be planned too.
Hope you found the answer helpful.
Do get back to me for further information.
Regards
Dr N Kumar
Neurologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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I'm Sorry wrote wrong thing he has black out while driving not fallen asleep. Mother has conjective heart failure and had two open heart surgeries.
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Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar (9 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Get investigated in detail as advised

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Sudden black out may be due to seizures, cardiac cause or some substance abuse.
He requires investigations like brain mri, ecg,echocardiography, eeg.
Consultation of a neurologist will be helpful.
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Dr N Kumar
Neurologist
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What does dosing off while driving indicate?

Brief Answer: Get evaluated and investigated by a physician Detailed Answer: Hello, I have gone through your question and understand your concern. Sleeping during driving can be due to extreme exhaustion or narcolepsy. Is there any history of snorring? Any complaints of night blindness? Get him examined by a physician. Get blood pressure measured, blood sugar, thyroid profile tested. Polysomnography testing can be planned too. Hope you found the answer helpful. Do get back to me for further information. Regards Dr N Kumar Neurologist