Lack of Sleep, Heap of Problems
Purium Blog | March, 2018
Recently, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety monitored more than 3,500 people in six different US locations between October 2010 and December 2013. They put cameras in vehicles as well as other equipment to gather their data. In 701 crashes, drowsiness was a factor in 8.8% to 9.5%! In crashes that resulted in significant property damage, airbag deployment, or injury, sleepiness was a 10.6% to 10.8% factor!
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns that drowsiness is the last step before falling asleep. So, if you drive while drowsy, there is a chance you can fall asleep, risking the lives of you and others.
Back in 2012, the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that drowsy driving carried as much risk as drunk driving. Other studies have found that sleep deprivation can lead to poor hand-eye coordination. Performance can be equal to that of someone who has ingested alcohol or even worse!
Lack of sleep can have serious effects on your body. According to one study, missing even 1.5 hours of sleep could have an impact on your amount of alertness. Other effects include:
Constant sleep trouble can even lead to a risk of diabetes, heart disease and even high blood pressure. It might seem a little crazy, but sleep really matters! It plays an important role in keeping your central nervous system functioning properly.