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Sleep Tips for Drowsy Drivers

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014

A few years ago, my brother told me a scary story.  He had been dating a girl and one night was leaving her house quite late and past curfew.  As he was driving home, he remembers being extremely tired at the wheel.  Next thing he knew, he woke up, parked in front of our house.  He did not remember actually driving home.  As the automobile idled in the home driveway, he was in complete shock.  As his younger paranoid brother, that story has stuck with me.  I don’t know if it was muscle memory or complete luck, but my brother had no idea “how” he made it home safely.  I’m very grateful that he somehow did.  Because of house close this topic hits home, the following information introduces sleep tips for drowsy drivers.

At the core of drowsy driving is sleep or the lack thereof.  At this time, my brother lacked adequate sleep.  Sleep tips should be studied and followed in order to prevent drowsy driving and the potential safety hazards.  In the year 2014 alone, the State of Utah has seen 636 automobile crashes due to drowsy driving.  The only way to fight drowsy driving will be to get some sleep!  Here are some tips from some sleep professionals:

Sleep Tips for Drowsy Drivers

Dr. Chris Hammond, an Ogden Clinic neurologist has recently been working to bring more awareness to drowsy driving.  He stated:  “The general public needs at least seven and a half to eight hours of sleep each night,” Hammond said. “Anything less than six hours is going to start having an affect on your cognitive abilities.”

Dr. Michael Breus (more info of his can be found on this sleep tips site)

  • Introduce an electronic curfew (put the phone down and go to bed)
  • Limit caffeine and sleep in a cool room
  • Sleep in complete darkness.  Change bulb wattage if necessary.
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime

SleepSmartDriveSmart is “an alliance of several organizations concerned with the increasing number of sleepy drivers.  Our sole purpose is to educate drivers about the hazards of driving sleepy.”  This alliance provides some great sleep tips for drivers everywhere.  A full list can be found on their website, but here are some of my favorites (or those that I need the most):

  • Finish eating big meals at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime
  • Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine at least 4 hours before you go to bed.
  • Don’t toss and turn.
  • Deal with stress. If daytime troubles keep you awake, try writing them down and leaving them until tomorrow.

Wake up and Sleep Smart

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of Americans have driven while sleepy and 37% admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year.  These individuals are putting their own lives in danger as well as those of others.  If you feel tired while driving, get off the road and get some sleep.  Be smart and follow the above sleep tips for drowsy drivers.

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