More than 10% of American adults say that they’re chronically sleep deprived, and 70% say that they’re sleep deprived at least one night a month. And the CDC says one in three adults don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis.
There are many complications associated with sleep deprivation, but the most dangerous is the effect it has on driving skills. When drivers are sleep deprived, they suffer from impairment that’s similar to being drunk. They may experience blurred vision, delayed reaction times, and exercise poor judgment behind the wheel.
The combination of these factors can make driving extremely dangerous. And yet if the statistics are accurate, a huge number of Tennesseans are driving while impaired every single day due to sleep deprivation. If you’re sleep deprived, it’s important to make a few changes to try and be more rested before your daily commute.
- Avoid screentime before bed. One of the most common causes of sleep deprivation today is screentime, especially right before bedtime. Avoid using your phone, computer, television, or tablet for at least one hour before you go to sleep.
- Avoid alcohol. Although alcohol can help some people fall asleep, it often leads to poor sleep quality. Abstaining from alcohol can make the sleep you get more restorative.
- Get treated for sleep apnea. A significant number of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, which severely disrupts sleep quality. Both a CPAP machine and lifestyle changes can help reduce the effects of sleep apnea and restore sleep quality.
At Ponce Law, we’re here to help those hurt by negligent drivers on TN’s roadways. If you or someone you love was injured by an impaired driver, our Nashville auto accident lawyers want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.