Sleep medication for drivers

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by unteagle, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. unteagle

    unteagle New Member

    Are there any medications that I can take as a sleep aid that won't cause me to fail my dot exam. I called up there and they said Klonopin and Ambien are both no-go's. It doesn't really make since to me since the side effects are gone after 8 hours even if there are traces of it in your system.

    And I've tried other alternatives, OTC stuff like diphenhydramine, melatonin, etc. I can't sleep without my sleep aids. Not even for a few hours.
     
  2. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    That Ambien is nothing to mess with. People have gotten up the next morning and drove to work and then forget how they got there. It's spooky stuff.
     
  3. unteagle

    unteagle New Member

    yes i agree. but i don't agree that .5mb klonopin will have any effect on my driving ability 8 hours later. I understand if I was on it for anxiety and taking it during the day but I'm not. It is a sleep aid. It's like saying a driver can't drink alcohol while working. Well that's obvious. But if he gets drunk after work and comes in the next day, he is fine to drive.

    And I can promise you, you would rather have me driving after a good nights sleep on .5mb klonopin than driving in a zombified sleep deprived state not having slept but maybe 1-2 hours a night for the past week. Well, that's what will happen. I quit taking the klonopin and have 6 hours sleep in 3 days. Nodding off behind the wheel of my personal vehicle.
     
  4. unteagle

    unteagle New Member

    ambien has a half-life of 2-3 hours. If they slept for 8 hours and drove to work the next morning and forgot how they got there, it has nothing to do with ambien. What they did during that 8 hours while the ambien was in them is a different story.

     
  5. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    That was my exact excuse the first time i got caught cheating.
     
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    "I can't sleep without my sleep aids" is a alarming statement in and of itself. Sleep aids are meant to be used on a temporary basis and if you need them on a daily basis I think you may need to see a specialist.

    I have found that if I am having trouble falling asleep I start counting backwards from 41,000.
     
  7. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    How would they know you're on medication? If I'm not mistaken, they only check your urine for sugar.
     
  8. Johney

    Johney Raise your hand if you think Upstate is a D-Bag

    Doesn't the DOT pee test you for drugs if your in feeders or class A license?
     
  9. Johney

    Johney Raise your hand if you think Upstate is a D-Bag

    I found a six pack works just as well:happy2:
     
  10. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Yup, maybe that's what he means.
     
  11. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Do you think I randomly chose that number?
     
  12. pickup

    pickup Well-Known Member

    Okay, you tried melatonin. Did you ever try the liquid melatonin? It has advantages over the tablet form, such as not having to be broken down and thus can get into your system faster.
     
  13. Johney

    Johney Raise your hand if you think Upstate is a D-Bag

    No, I just thought it took you a long time to get to sleep.:sleep:
     
  14. pickup

    pickup Well-Known Member

  15. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    . Another dig at Moreluck, Menotyou, or some other member? Just working on your post count?
    Come on, we're dying to know.
     
  16. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    What if his sleep aid is Brenda?
     
  17. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    I have no trouble sleeping. Take a brisk one mile walk before bed, lay off alcohol if you use which acts like a stimulant in some people. Hot chocloate, warm bath.
     
  18. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    When I'm having a tough time going to sleep I've found that rubbing one out usually does the trick.
     
  19. brown bomber

    brown bomber brown bomber

    sick, sorry S.O.B..............however, I understand........sometimes, you gotta do, that which you
    have to do
     
  20. uber

    uber Guest

    Melatonin.