One of the unique subjects discussed during Driver’s Ed Class is the danger of driving while drowsy. If you drive while you are sleepy, you considerably increase your chances of being in an accident due to your slowed senses. Sleepiness causes your bodily functions to slow down, making it harder for your reflexes to kick in, as well as your ability to safely judge what you should do in order to get to your intended destination.
When your body needs rest, it slows down the functions of the rest of your body (i.e. slower breathing, slower mental processes, etc.). This means that your alertness and reflexes are impaired. Sleep is a necessary bodily function, and prolonging that necessary rest can be harmful in many ways. Getting less hours of sleep than what is considered healthy and attempting to drive can be extremely dangerous and should be avoided.
People who do not get enough sleep are the most obvious ones to fall asleep at the wheel. But there are others who fall asleep who did get enough sleep the night before. Truck drivers, bus drivers, and even tractor drivers can easily fall asleep as they are pulling long hours on the road without something to stimulate their brain. Even people who use medications to fall asleep can suffer the side effects of the medication while on the road.
The consequences of driving while groggy may not happen to everyone, but that doesn’t mean they should drive while sleepy. Too many cases for one busy Fort Worth truck accident attorney involve truck drivers who were driving too many hours and became drowsy on the road. So even if you are the type of person who can go through an entire day on a mere three hours of sleep, you should still find some way to give your body the rest it needs.
In order to combat drowsiness, get at least the minimum required hours of sleep. Doctors recommend different lengths of sleep for each age group, so be sure to research your recommended requirement. If you cannot get the minimum hours, due to insomnia, sleep apnea, or late work nights, try to invest in a type of energy drink to keep you awake such as a cup of coffee. This may not be the ideal solution and should only be temporary. Get your sleep!