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Old 10th November 2011, 09:29   #46
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When you are excited, nervous, anxious or otherwise agitated there is some adrenalin flow going on in your body that causes sleep to disappear. Only way is to calm down as far as possible and switch off your mind. These things are easier said than done.
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Old 10th November 2011, 12:11   #47
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I don't allow it - it doesn't stir up anyways for the first 45 mins of driving which is the exit from the city. Besides better not allow it to stamp your foot on the accelerator pedal needlessly. Only when a good stretch of road presents itself, I let the mood take over - but its more like responding to my "protesting car" and allowing it to run free and let it loose for a while.

I too have been thinking about this - leave at 2030hrs and check-in somewhere 100kms away from the city by 1AM. But the disadvantage is the price of hotel room may cost one tankful of petrol.

The point is not to stop in between as you will definitely not feel sleepy within an hour of driving. Try to reach the destination in the morning and sleep at the destination.
Most of the hotels have a checkout time of 11 AM and one should be able to reach the destination around that time. So there would be no extra cost on expenses. Plus you will gain a whole day at destination and you can sleep for a couple of hours there and start the sight seeing process
That is what we normally do. And at the end of day, by 8 PM the following day, everyone is very exhausted and sleep will come naturally.
The other advantages being lots of time saved due to traffic at villages on the way and within the city.
Just enusre that one is accustomed to this.
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Old 10th November 2011, 15:39   #48
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Since we will be sleep deprived anyways in the morning, it is better to leave at night itself so that the time you are awake thinking of next days drive, you will actually be driving.
This is what I have started doing after a couple of failed attempts to sleep at night when there was a next days driving at 4 am.

note: this should be done only if one is sure that the road is safe during nights and one is experienced in night drives.
Its true that the multiple attempts fail to have proper sleep, but it is always more safer to drive in day time than night time, and night drives can be avoid as much as possible.

I also experienced that, in return journey to bangalore, the excitement on return drive reduces a bit so you are likely to sleep little better in previous night, than onward journey.

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Old 3rd February 2012, 00:23   #49
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I go to bed an hour early (Lights off / No other disturbance) than my usual time the previous night. This way, the anxiety and the thinking that goes on in mind reduces as 1 hour passes and you start feeling sleepy as per your normal time and eventually fall asleep. Works for me
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Old 3rd February 2012, 01:25   #50
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Happens to me too, find it tough to sleep before long drives, maybe because i living driving so much! I dnt even sleep before the start of any major vacation even if am not driving, just because am so excited. So i think it's more to do with our enthusiasm and interest levels etc. not just the long drives! I have a long list of events before which i cannot sleep - Imp office presentations that am particularly interested in, Long drives, Vacations, Interviews etc.
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Old 13th April 2012, 13:34   #51
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It happens all the time for me. Even last week I slept hardly for 1 hr before my 10 hour drive.

Guys think again " You don't get sleep only on your forward journey or start of vacation, you would have slept peacefully before the return journey "

Happens to me all the time.
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