Naps Aren't Just for Babies

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 10:57 PM

Balancing the needs of family, work and friends is all it takes. Stressed out and sleep deprived because of the demands on our time, we obtain behind the wheel when we shouldn't.

Naps Aren't Just for Babies

We've all done it. Balancing the needs of family, work and friends is all it takes. Stressed out and sleep deprived because of the demands on our time, we obtain behind the wheel when we shouldn't. Even worse, sometimes those dearest to us are in the backseat. I'm talking about drowsy driving. Getting behind the wheel when too tired to drive safely is more risky than you might realize, yet many of us have done it.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than twenty-eight % of Americans admit to driving in the latest mo when they were so tired they'd a tough time keeping their eyes open. That'south despite the fact that ninety-five % of Americans also deem this behavior to be unacceptable.

I couldn't consent more. Sleepiness, or fatigue, impairs secure driving skill by slowing our reaction time and leads to destitute judgement while behind the wheel. So, it'south number astonishment that drowsy driving is a factor in sixteenth % to twenty-one % of all fatal crashes.

I'm here to ask you to create a better choice, and it'll only takes 10-15 minutes. The reply is sleep. Yes, it'south simple. It seems obvious, but most of us pass this lifesaving step. While many drivers blast the radio, roll down the windows or chat with someone on their smartphone to hold alert, these tactics are ineffective. However, just 10-15 minutes of uninterrupted sleep can recharge you sufficient to avert dozing while behind the wheel.

The tricky thing about drowsy driving is that biologically, most of us simply don't realize we've fallen asleep at the wheel. The inability to hold your head up, drifting from your lane or off the road, unintended tailgating, difficulty keeping your eyes open and staying focused are all signals that you're at high risk of falling asleep -- or already have! Researchers call these microsleeps. They're brief lapses in consciousness caused by your brain. It occurs when you're severely fatigued and necessity to rest. Neither coffee, nor freezing air will succeed in fighting it. Only sleep will do the trick.

Drowsy driving doesn't obtain the attention it deserves. It'south below reported and is challenging to indicate as a causal factor in a crash. That doesn't imply we ought neglect it, particularly when it'south entirely preventable. Know the signs of driving while dangerously drowsy, and get steps to stay safe. Many of us are guilty, and I'm number different. When I travel extensively, I obtain to the point where I can't think as clearly as I necessity to until I obtain some decent sleep. These are the moments I've learned to avert driving unless I can obtain a brief nap. It'south just 10-15 minutes, but this brief addition to my commute time keeps me and those around me safe. Naps aren't just for babies. Taking one before you select to drive drowsy could be the reason you live long sufficient to look your babies grow up.

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