Have you ever been driving down I-35 and don't exactly remember the
last few miles? Have you ever experienced that feeling when you close
your eyes for a second but you wonder how long you were out? Have you
ever been asked a question and taken a couple seconds to respond with
a simple answer? You were probably sleepy at the time.
This week is National Sleep Awareness Week, running from March 4 until
Sunday, March 10. A lot of people do not get the necessary sleep each
night, and it can have negative effects on their health and ability to
safely conduct daily activities such as driving.
Did you know that there are a number of small things that prevent us from
getting a proper night's sleep? The first tip when it comes to getting
a good night sleep is to try to go to bed and wake up at the same time
each day -- or night. Our bodies respond to light, and even the smallest
glow from a lamp, a computer screen or a clock can prevent us from falling
into the truly restorative deep sleep.
When people fail to get a proper night's sleep and then get behind
the wheel of a car, they may be putting not only themselves but others
in very serious danger. Remember those symptoms mentioned above? They
are very similar to the symptoms that a
drunk driver exhibits and can cause some of the exact same serious injuries or even
death when an accident occurs.
Our Austin personal injury law firm handles
car accident cases involving drowsy driving and other negligent roadway behaviors.
Contact our office today to learn more.
Source: KIMT-TV, "National Sleep Awareness Week," March 8, 2013