This article, entitled "Drowsy Driving," comes from Katie Kuenkel, MomsEveryday correspondent from Western Wisconsin.
As moms, a lot of the time not getting enough sleep comes with the territory. But being drowsy can have dire consequences, especially when we get behind the wheel.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 100,000 car crashes are a result of driver fatigue each year. Obviously falling asleep at the wheel is dangerous, but just being sleepy also has consequences. Drowsiness can make drivers less attentive, slow their reaction time, and affect a driver’s ability to make decisions.
The best way to prevent drowsy driving – is to get enough sleep! Adults should aim for 7 or 8 hours a night, while teens need 9 or 10 hours. If you have serious difficulty getting enough sleep, it’s possible you have a sleep disorder, and you may want to see a specialist.