The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

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Studies have shown that drowsy driving is nearly as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. As with driving while intoxicated, drowsy driving slows your reaction time, impairs your decision making, and makes it difficult to focus on the road. Driving drowsy leads to accidents and costs lives. Avoiding drowsy driving is simple. All you have to do is get enough sleep. However, there is a catch. If you have trouble sleeping or lead an extremely busy life, getting enough sleep may seem impossible. You can do it though. You just need a little help.

How Much Sleep is Enough Sleep?

On average, it is recommended that you sleep 7-9 hours each night. Sleep is a necessity. It allows your brain to relax and recuperate. Getting a minimum of 7 hours of sleep a night can be difficult. Proper time management is key. One of the best things you can do for yourself is establish a dedicated bed time. Know what time you have to wake up, and subtract at least 7 hours. Force yourself to go to bed at this time every night. Do not make up excuses.

Getting Better Sleep

Now that you are getting enough sleep, you need to make sure it is quality sleep. True rest comes when you enter REM sleep. This doesn’t happen right away. You need to be in the proper mental state. To reach this state, avoid all caffeine after 3 PM. Avoid exercise if there are fewer than 3 hours before your bedtime. Exercise releases adrenaline and endorphins. These are stimulants which remain in your body for several hours, making it difficult to fall asleep. Your brain has been programed to sleep when it is dark out. When it is time to go to bed, turn off all the lights in your room. Even the soft blue lights given off by plugged in electronics could impact your sleeping.

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