Running on Empty
Do you run hard, party hard and then crash and burn? Work, and/or school, out with friends, holiday festivities, working out with the hopes of catching up on your sleep over the weekend? You’re not alone. Most of us don’t get enough sleep at night. The problem is we’re not just dragging at school or work. If we’re up for more than 20 hours and then hitting the road, it’s as if we are driving with a .08 Blood Alcohol Content (which is the legal limit in most states!) How do you know if you’re too tired to drive? If you can’t focus, you’re yawning a lot, reacting slowly, nodding, missing signs or drifting from your lane, you are way too tired to be driving. Tricks like driving with the window open and having the radio on don’t work. The National Sleep Foundation suggests avoiding driving:
- while tired
- on medication that causes drowsiness
- at times when you would typically be sleeping
- on alcohol –especially when you are already sleepy
Pull over, rest, and get some shut eye. You, and we, will be glad you did.