Why Driving On Just 5 Hours Sleep is Like Drunk Driving
Recently a plethora of studies and analysis of car accidents in recent history have determined that driving on just 5 hours sleep can be very dangerous. According to USA Today, “Drivers who skimp on just a couple of hours of sleep nearly double the risk of a crash.” Which makes driving while drowsy just about as dangerous as drunk driving.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers who missed just an hour of sleep were 1.3 times more likely to be involved in an accident and 1.9 times if they missed two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep a night.
How To Balance Work & Life
Most people find that sleep deprivation and irregular sleep patterns happen as a direct result of carrying around a boat load of stress. Stress and anxiety in daily life can ultimately lead to not getting that recommended sleep, so how do you balance your daily work and life routines?
● Learn when to say “no”. A lot of people around the world are overworked and overwhelmed. Learn to work in the specific work hours delegated and don’t do overtime unless it is absolutely necessary. If you own your own business or freelance, give yourself definitive work hours and be strict about when you stop and start.
● Don’t answer emails after work. Put your phone on silent and get some “you” or “family” time. The less distractions and things you do after work, the better you will sleep - especially if you walk away from devices all together.
● Create an amazing sleep environment, so your body wants to spend 7 to 9 hours in perfect rest. The best way to do this is with some killer bedding that is specifically designed to help your body go to sleep and stay asleep. Check out NuSleep for a complete line of sheets and bedding that does just that! So you can drive to work well rested and ready to take on the day.
- Romell Bhaala