Drowsy Driving Awareness Week: 5 Ways to Get Better Sleep

The first week of November is Drowsy Driving Awareness Week.

It is a time when the National Sleep Foundation teams up with other groups to bring awareness to the public about the growing issue of distracted driving.

Being drowsy and getting behind the wheel is a combination that often leads to disaster. When you are tired, you pay less attention to the road, cannot make sound decisions, and you might even find yourself more aggressive and easily agitated.

Thousands of crashes each year are caused by drowsy drivers. Worse, hundreds of lives are lost all because of a few hours of missed sleep.

So, do your part for Drowsy Driving Awareness Week by making sure you get adequate sleep not only this month but every night before you must get behind the wheel.

How to Improve Your Sleep Each Night

Whether you drive five minutes to work or you have a two-hour commute in heavy traffic, you need to be aware of your surroundings and alert while behind the wheel. When you do not get enough sleep each night, you cannot give the road your full focus – and you could even doze off without realizing it.

If you find yourself not getting the recommended six to eight hours each night, here are five things you can try to improve not only the length but quality of the sleep you get:

  1. Power down an hour before it is time for bed. Most of us are guilty of watching TV at night in bed, playing on the computer, or reading on our tablets. While you might be in bed and feel like you are relaxing, you are setting yourself up for a restless night. Turning off blue light sources an hour before you go to sleep helps your body to mentally power down, and you will notice a more rejuvenating sleep as a result.
  2. Stop sleeping in on the weekends. Your body has a natural clock built right in, but it requires training. To unlock your body’s innate ability to wake at the same time every day, you must work on waking up with your alarm clock at the same time every day. That means on the weekends you need to still get up at the same time as you do on weekdays. Sleeping in will disrupt the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.
  3. Get more exercise during the day. Did you know that exercise during the day helps you sleep better at night? Not only does it physically exhaust you, but the hormones released help improve your quality of sleep.
  4. Be cautious about what you eat and drink. What you eat and drink throughout the day will affect your sleep at night. Stop caffeine after lunch so that you can fall asleep easier. If you are using caffeine to stay awake during your rush-hour drive home, you need more sleep at night rather than the caffeine boost. Also, avoid alcoholic beverages at night, because these can affect your natural sleep-wake cycle too.
  5. Improve the environment. Sometimes poor sleep comes from a lousy sleep environment. Keep the noise down in your room, make the temperature comfortable for you and your spouse, and make sure your bed is comfortable.

Injured by a Drowsy Driver? You Need an Advocate Now

If you or a loved one was in an accident with a drowsy driver, you might be entitled to compensation. To explore this option it is best that you consult with an experienced injury advocate.

An attorney from Jacobs Law, LLC can assist you with your case. For a no-obligation consultation, contact us online or by calling our office directly.