Enjoy A Safe and Happy Holiday Season!Tuesday, December 24th, 2013, 8:05 pm
Driving drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Driver fatigue causes about 100,000 accidents each year and almost 1500 deaths. During such a busy season, especially as people are driving long distances to visit friends and family, the risk for drowsy driving is even higher.
- Drowsy driving doesn’t only happen at night. Most fatigue related accidents happen between 4 and 6 am but then there is another peak between 2 and 4 pm.
- Caffeine may help – but only a little. A short nap is the best bet.
- Snacks that are high in simple carbohydrates can make you sleepy – ditch the regular road food and replace it with complex carbs and protein.
- Watch out for medications that make you sleepy, these include many used to combat car sickness.
If you experience drowsy driving on a regular basis you may have a sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea. Signs of sleep apnea include loud snoring, large neck size and excessive daytime sleepiness. Treatment using a simple oral appliance can improve your quality of life and help avoid serious health consequences associated with sleep apnea.
From everyone at Wilbanks Smile Center, Have a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
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