According to the National Sleep Foundation, there is a great danger involved when you get behind the wheel of your car while drowsy. Sometimes people may not even realize how tired they are, and the consequences can be life-altering, sometimes ending a life altogether.
Getting a good night’s sleep of seven to nine hours is a healthy behavior all across the board. But aside from all of its age-defying and cell rejuvenating powers, it is important to sleep in order to function properly. When you are getting enough rest, your brain function improves significantly, and your ability to complete various tasks is at full capacity.
Consider how alert you must be whenever you are ready to go for a drive. Not only do you have to be ready to brake should something happen, but also focus on all traffic signals and any obstacles along the way. If you are focused on how tired you are when driving, then you are more than likely to miss one or more of these things. This could lead to dire and tragic results.
Experts have equated drowsy driving with the effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain. As such, lack of sleep will produce delayed reaction time, lack of energy, and in extreme cases, falling asleep completely behind the wheel. Feeling drowsy behind the wheel could be a direct result of insomnia. The brain does not know when it should be feeling tired, because there are so many disruptions in your sleeping schedule to begin with.
What is particularly frustrating about accidents caused by drowsy drivers is that it is hard to really test for something like that in the way that you would for a drunk driver. Therefore, there is little accountability because technically they are not violating any particular laws.
So it is up to each driver to take responsibility into his or her own hands in order to ensure a safe trip for everyone involved. If you feel like you cannot complete the trip in your car, there is no shame in pulling over to rest, or calling someone to come assist you.
But above all else, before you even get into the car, you might need to reevaluate your sleeping habits so that you can avoid any potential incident that may occur. Take a step back and recognize that you are in fact experiencing bouts of insomnia. Take the appropriate action to work towards finding ways to be able to sleep well during the night. Whenever you do get into your car, ask yourself if you can honestly make the journey without feeling exhausted. Strongly considering this decision could mean the difference between life and death.
Even when you take the right precautions, there is always that chance that someone else on the road is feeling a bit to tired to drive. Take control of the situation, and eliminate danger to the best of your ability by making sure that at least one driver out there on the road is safe and well-rested.