Asleep at the Wheel
For 9 months, I had a 1-hour commute from my house to work. The commute, mostly all highway driving, could have been much worse and I didn't mind it too much. However, looking back, I realize I probably took part in a dangerous activity many others have probably done as well -- drowsy driving.
I can remember on those long rides to work that my eyes would close, just for a second, every once in a while. Another coworker who had the same commute I did told me it would happen to her, too.
Something I thought wasn't a huge deal at the time bothers me now, and I'm glad I moved closer to work. Drowsy driving is a big problem in our country. A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found two out of every five drivers said they have fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point.
Healthcare employees who work different shifts might find drowsy driving even more of a problem. Have you ever caught yourself falling asleep at the wheel on the way to or from work? Can you contribute it to your shift in the lab?