A recent study of more than 5400 auto accidents found that people who are experiencing lack of sleep and get less than seven hours of sleep are at a measurably increased risk of accidents, while people who get under four hours of sleep may be as badly impaired as a drunk driver. Not only is there a risk of falling asleep while driving, but tired drivers are more likely to miscalculate distances or to not see something until it is too late. Getting enough sleep while driving can literally be a lifesaver.
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- Data from over 5,400 car accidents suggests that your risk of an accident rises if you get less than seven hours of sleep.
- Driving with less than four hours of sleep was as dangerous as driving drunk.
- Even excluding the risk of falling asleep at the wheel, tired drivers are more prone to mistakes.
“It is often recommended that healthy adults experience seven to nine hours of sleep, yet one in five Americans experiences of lack of sleep, and fewer than seven hours.”