I didn't just fall asleep while driving!
Have you ever fallen asleep while behind the wheel of a car? I have, and it's a terrifying experience!
I was driving alone late at night, going down the interstate at about 75 mph (this was decades ago, when 75 was legal). I was tired, but had no idea that I was on the brink of falling asleep. Then, I woke up! That's what was so terrifying - to wake up and realize that you had fallen asleep while the car you were driving was still going 75 mph down the highway.
It could only have been a second or two that I was asleep, but the recognition of what could have happened changed the way I drive. On that occasion I immediately got off the road and took a nap. And ever since then, I've been very vigilant about not continuing to drive when I'm really tired.
But every once in a while I still recall that situation in my dreams. That's what happened today.
Being very tired after a short night, I dozed off here at my desk with my arms folded across my chest. It was my arms falling down that woke me up. But at the moment of awakening, my mind's eye saw not my desk in front of me, but a steering wheel. Panic! For just that split second I thought I had again fallen asleep while speeding down the highway.
The only thing that exceeded my panic at waking up that way was my relief when I realized I was in my office and not my car.
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