How 5 Hours of Sleep Can Affect the Way You Drive

How 5 Hours of Sleep Can Affect the Way You DriveNo one would denounce the importance of sleep, but did you know that sleep duration has a very significant impact on the quality of your day?

Newsmakers just released information that suggests there’s another DD that might be equally as dangerous as drunk driving – drowsy driving.  In a large scale study of crash statistics, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that driver more likely to be involved in accidents if they missed out on sleep.

The numbers speak for themselves with drivers 1.3 times more likely to get in car accidents if they missed an hour of sleep, and 1.9 times if they missed two hours of sleep. Driver fatigue is not only hazardous to public safety resulting in 1,500 deaths and 71,000 injuries per year, it’s also expensive!

Crashes that are induced by driver fatigue costs the government approximately $12.5 billion annually.

Some warnings signs you may experience that signify drowsiness while driving are:

  • The inability to recall the last few miles traveled,
  • Having disconnected or wandering thoughts,
  • Having difficulty focusing or keeping your eyes open,
  • Feeling as though your head is very heavy,
  • Drifting out of your driving lane, perhaps driving on the rumble strips,
  • Yawning repeatedly,
  • Accidentally tailgating other vehicles,
  • Missing traffic signs.

Managing a healthy work-life balance that also prioritizes health can be difficult, but it is necessary. The recommended amount of sleep per night is seven to eight hours per night. According to the hard data, under sleeping could result in some seriously detrimental consequences.

The Wall Street Journal posted an article explaining that the best time for regenerative sleep is actually between the hours of 10 p.m. through 2 p.m.

The benefits of good sleep are innumerable:

  • Improved memory
  • Curbed inflammation
  • Spurs creativity
  • Sharpens attention
  • Burns fat
  • Lowers stress
  • Lowers probability of accidents

With the turn of the new year, it is a good time to sit down and think about ways to improve sleep hygiene. We spend about a third of our lives sleeping; it’s critical to develop good sleep habits so that the mind, body, and soul can regenerate.


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