Despite these common misconceptions about sleep, it cannot be replaced - don’t underestimate how important it is (or how being tired impacts driving).
In part two of our drowsy driving blog series, we discuss the common misconceptions surrounding sleep!
Coffee Will Fix It
If you are tired, caffeine can make you feel more alert, but it won’t last. Caffeine takes 30 minutes to enter your bloodstream and only lasts for two to three hours. It is not the same as getting sleep. Even after drinking caffeine, you have tiny
I’ll Just Have One
When you are feeling sleepy, alcohol can make you even more tired. The effects of one drink can feel like four drinks if you are already tired. Alcohol and driving are never a good mix, and even after the alcohol wears off, the sleepiness will still be there.
I’m Young, I Don’t Need Sleep
Sometimes, teenagers and young adults get less sleep because of their schedules. This is a problem because they actually need more sleep than older adults. Teens might not feel sleepy late at night because of the chemicals being released in their brains during adolescence, but they actually need approximately nine hours of sleep. While they might be able to stay up late, without enough sleep they can end up sleepy while driving.
A Nap Won’t Help
If you are feeling tired, you need to pull off the road. Make sure you find a safe place to park in a well-lit area, such as a parking lot or a rest area. Your car should be visible to others passing by. Stay safe by rolling up your windows and locking your doors. Recline in the driver’s seat for about 20 minutes and then get some exercise and caffeine.