Even if you’re smart enough to avoid texting while driving or getting behind the wheel with too much booze in your body, you might not think twice about turning the key when you should be hitting the sack. But drowsy driving is no less deadly than being drunk or distracted. According to a new report from the CDC, one in 24 adults admitted to recently falling asleep while driving, a practice that contributes to car crashes and fatalities.
According to the survey, which looked at sleeping habits among nearly 150,000 adults, roughly four percent of Americans regularly snooze while at the wheel, and men are two percent more likely to do it than women. Drowsy drivers are typically those who: get less than six hours of sleep a night, snore, work night shifts or take medications that cause drowsiness.
Even if you don’t full-on fall asleep, feeling foggy can still slow down your reaction time, hinder your decision-making ability, and distract you from what’s happening on the road. But how drowsy is too drowsy? Signs you shouldn’t be driving include hitting rumble strips, drifting between lanes, missing exits, and having trouble remembering the last few miles.
How to avoid drowsy driving:
• Shoot for 7 to 9 hours of sleep time per night
• Don’t drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel
• Get treated for sleep disorders
• Open car windows for fresh air
• Crank up the AC
• Blast your favorite pump-up music
If you are having trouble sleeping, make sure you’re not falling victim to these 6 late-night habits that could be ruining your Z’s.