August 14, 2017
Do you sometimes wonder if the Sandman is on vacation? In our busy world, there are often nights when we have too much going on to get a full eight hours of sleep. If sleep deprivation is “normal” for you, you could be overlooking the dangers of not being alert behind the wheel.
Drowsy driving is not just falling asleep at the wheel. It is a profound impairment that mimics alcohol-impaired driving in many ways. Drowsiness leads to slower reaction times, and impaired attention, mental processing, judgment, and decision making. Drowsiness can occur from accumulating sleep debt (typically less than 6 hours a night) across multiple nights, or from only one night of not sleeping.