One of my symptoms is that I don't seem to need sleep but sometimes during the day I shut down for 5 to 10 minutes. All that happens is when I sit down at lunch time, mid afternoon or early evening, I switch off for about 10 minutes. I don't feel tired or yawn it is just like someone pressed the off button and I am gone. I was given a sleep monitor to wear overnight to check for sleep apnoea. The tests showed I didn't have it.
However, my discharge letter from my "sleep" doctor had a final sentence that said
“I remind you not to drive if you have any excessive sleepiness for any reason”.
Which might sound simple enough advice, but now it is in my medical records, could have a significant bearing should I have an accident.
When I contacted my insurance company, they were very concerned by the statement and asked does the doctor mean I can or can't drive ? My prospective son-law whom works as an accident claims solicitor agreed that finding something like in a persons medical notes would comply undermine any defence - how would you define excessive sleepiness as opposed to sleepiness? - you shouldn't drive with either and the killer quote "for any reason" - just had a big meal? you have just been to work or shopping ? coming back from a walk?
What seems like a friendly piece of advice is now going to take a lot of effort to undo trying to get further statements to confirm if I can drive.