I haven’t been sleeping well at all lately, due to my scruples and OCD/anxiety, and I have read that driving without sleeping is equivalent to driving after drinking. I read this answer from Michelle Arnold: forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=305154
Now I really can’t sleep. I’m afraid that by driving around in this state, I am committing a mortal sin. Yet, I can’t sleep because I’m so worried about getting enough sleep so that I can drive the next day. It’s a vicious cycle. I’ve tried taking benadryl to help me sleep but that has the unfortunate side effect of making me a little dizzy the next day, so then I feel like I’m committing a mortal sin to drive like that. I don’t know what to do, though, I can’t continually call out from work because of insomnia. And it would be really weird to request to work from home because of sleep and anxiety; besides, that seems like it would be giving in to the anxiety.
The normal approach for an OCD fear would be to do the thing that makes me anxious, until I am used to the anxiety and it no longer bothers me. I don’t know if that would be an acceptable approach in this case, but I don’t know how else to get past this. Staying up half the night worrying about getting enough sleep certainly isn’t helping.