Have you ever fallen asleep on the job? It might be embarrassing to admit, but maybe after a long, sleepless night — or a late night of partying — you found yourself nodding off at the office. It’s human nature to fall asleep when we’re tired, no matter what we’re doing, but if the activity we’re engaged in happens to driving, falling asleep is the worst possible thing that anyone can do.
Whether you’re a commercial truck driver, a Sunday motorist or you’re just driving to work in the morning, falling asleep is more dangerous than texting-while-driving, distracted driving and intoxicated driving. You’re literally asleep at the wheel and this will result in the loss of control of your car and a potentially catastrophic accident.
Here’s how to avoid the threats and dangers associated with drowsy driving:
Sleep at least seven or eight hours per night
One sure-fire way to stay awake behind the wheel is to make sure you’re getting enough rest. In general, Americans tend to suffer from a constant state of sleep deprivation. The fact that people seem to boast about how little sleep they require only puts more pressure on us to push the limits of what our bodies can handle. Are you getting at least seven to eight hours? Try nine for a change! Your body, and your driving habits, will benefit.
Never underestimate the power of caffeine
If you’re in a situation where you must stay on the road and drive, a caffeinated beverage — like coffee, soda or tea — could save your life, the lives of your passengers and the lives of others around you on the road. Caffeine is a band-aid solution to be sure, but it is an effective tool when you’re having a hard time staying alert.
Stop driving and sleep
The preferred solution for drowsy driving is, of course, to simply stop driving and do what your body demands: Sleep. If you have to, pull into a rest stop or another safe location and take an hour nap to recharge your batteries. It could prevent a serious accident if you’re beginning to fall asleep behind the wheel.
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