That adage reminds us how much better we think—and that we tend to make smarter choices—after a good night’s rest. You’re also going to be much safer behind the wheel of a car.
In fact, drowsy or fatigued driving is nearly as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Like alcohol, sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases your risk of crashing.
Even when you start a long drive feeling well rested, it’s a good idea to take a short break every two hours or so. Just a few minutes of walking around will give you more energy and focus to get back on the road. (It’s also a chance to treat yourself to a coffee or slice of pie!)
Watch this video for more tips on avoiding drowsy driving.
If you often feel drowsy behind the wheel or during other activities, even after a seemingly restful night, consider checking in with your doctor. Lack of sleep could be a symptom of a chronic ailment such as insomnia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity or depression.
When we’re well rested, most things in life look and feel that much better. So here’s to a good night—and a safe drive ahead.
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