ZZZ While Driving
The other day, a friend of mine was reminiscing about an incident where he nodded off to sleep at the wheel while driving. He made a very thought provoking statement, which was, "You don't know that you are sleeping until you wake up. And then once you realize what occurred, it is the most frightening feeling."
Fatigued drivers are the cause more than 100,000 crashes a year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, causing roughly 1,550 deaths. Simply, most drivers cannot judge when they are on the verge of slumber or have seriously compromised reaction times. Sleepiness causes auto crashes because it impairs performance and can ultimately lead to the inability to resist falling asleep at the wheel.
Critical aspects of driving impairment associated with sleepiness are reaction time, vigilance, attention, and information processing According to government entities which track traffic accidents, drowsy driving is a serious problem that leads to thousands of automobile crashes each year.
Sleep is a neurobiological need with predictable patterns of sleepiness and wakefulness. Sleepiness results from the sleep component of the circadian cycle of sleep and wakefulness, restriction of sleep, and/or interruption or fragmentation of sleep.
Factors recognized as increasing the risk of drowsy driving and related crashes include:
Life scientists are collaborating with transportation authorities to design new automotive technology prevents accidents caused by drowsiness during driving. There have been numerous inventions with even more being created yearly. The following are some examples of recent inventions designed to reduce risky driving while sleep incidents: An eyelid monitors and identified symptoms in eyelid behavior that indicate drowsiness in; Computers which eliminates the fallibility of human judgment in gauging when drowsiness is becoming a driving hazard; Anti Sleep Pilot has a built-in motion detector, flashing lights and an audible alarm; and an iPhone version of the Anti Sleep Pilot provides most of the functions of the dashboard-mounted unit.
Remember, the loss of one night's sleep can lead to extreme short-term sleepiness, while habitually restricting sleep by 1 or 2 hours a night can lead to chronic sleepiness. My friend's best tip is, get some restful sleep before driving. Sleeping is the most effective way to reduce sleepiness.