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How a good night’s sleep can make you a better driver

A solid night of rest is a common suggestion ahead of big life events. Before you took important exams in school, it’s likely a teacher or parent encouraged you to make sure you went to bed early. Or, if you’ve read articles on how to train for a marathon, you’ll quickly realize that you won’t be successful if you don’t have a more consistent sleep schedule. But chances are not many people have told you that getting good night of sleep ahead of each drive, about eight hours, is essential.

Risks of drowsy driving

There are statistics to show that sleep deprivation can lead to minor to serious problems. In the short-term, it can put you at a greater risk of being in a negative mood, having unclear thoughts or poor judgement. None of these effects will be helpful while behind the wheel, and all of them can happen if you partake in drunk driving. Another parallel between drunk and drowsy driving is that they can both lead to a fatal crash. It’s estimated that 6,000 fatal crashes happen every year because a driver was too sleepy.

Danger of alertness tricks

Even with all the caffeine drinks and tricks to keep you alert, people still go behind the wheel in a drowsy state. The problem is the body’s internal clock or circadian rhythm can be stronger than all the hoops a driver goes though to stay awake. So much so, that drowsy drivers literally doze off behind the wheel because their brain is sending a signal to their body that it’s time to rest.

To combat falling asleep behind the wheel, it’s important to get your sleep schedule on track or figure out how you can treat a sleep disorder you might be suffering from. Simply put, getting from point A to point B is just not worth putting your life in danger.

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