Drowsy drivers are linked to 1500 fatal car accidents each year. Research has shown that drowsy driving accidents and drunk driving accidents are similar. Drivers who do not get enough sleep often have the same slow response times and make mistakes, just like drivers driving under the influence. To avoid car accidents and pedestrian accidents caused by drowsiness, get a good night’s rest. Here’s how:
1) Speak to a pharmacist or doctor about your current medications and conditions. Some may cause you to feel drowsy while others may interfere with your ability to sleep. Get advice from medical professionals on ways to minimize these effects.
2) Set up a good place to sleep. Your sleeping area should be well-ventilated, dark, quiet, and not too noisy. Leave the window open if you live in a quiet area to enjoy some fresh air. If your air quality is poor, consider an air purifier. Use a humidifier if your bedroom tends to be dry. Experiment with furnishings and bed linens until you find a restful environment. Ban the TV from the bedroom. Research has shown that falling asleep with a TV on results in a less restful sleep.
3) Set up a regular schedule. You will have an easier time waking up if you go to sleep and wake up at the same time each night. Your body will get used to your schedule and naturally fall asleep at your bed time, resulting in a better, longer sleep.
4) Have a night time ritual. A relaxing ritual lets you fall asleep more easily and lets you enjoy a relaxing sleep. An hour or two before sleep, stop any loud noises in your home (such as a TV or radio) and stop and hectic activity. Change into comfortable clothing and consider drinking a warm, soothing beverage, such as chamomile tea or warm milk. Relax quietly in a darkened room until you feel drowsy enough to sleep.
5) Get more shut eye by going to bed earlier. Going to bed earlier has been proven in many research studies to result in a better sleep. Many people find they are more rested by retiring well before midnight. Experiment with different bed times until you find one that suits you.
6) If you are getting many hours of sleep but are still tired, visit your doctor. You may have a condition that is preventing you from enjoying a restful sleep. Similarly, if you are having trouble getting to sleep, your doctor may be able to help.