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national sleep awareness week

Practicing “Smart Sleep” Can Prevent Driver Fatigue

By Lipton Law on March 6, 2012 - No comments

Sleepiness and driving can be a dangerous and even deadly combination. Many drivers rely on cold air, loud music, or stimulants like coffee or energy drinks to keep them awake, not realizing that these things don’t help; however, getting adequate, restful sleep does. During National Sleep Awareness Week, March 5-11, the National Sleep Foundation recommends working to improve the quality of your sleep and your family’s sleep by following these tips:

  • Get enough sleep. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night; for children and teens, the numbers can be higher. If you don’t wake up feeling refreshed, consider talking to a doctor about possible conditions like sleep apnea that could be robbing you of your rest.
  • Avoid watching TV or using the computer before bed. Exercise within three hours of bedtime may also make it hard to fall asleep, so get your exercise in well before bedtime.
  • Use your bed only for sleep and intimacy. If you can’t sleep within 15-20 minutes of lying down, get up and go into another room. Read or listen to quiet music until you feel sleepy again, but avoid TV or computer screens and bright lights. Don’t watch the clock – thinking about the time passing while you’re not sleeping often makes insomnia worse.

Driver fatigue is a major cause of accidents, especially among those who drive for a living, like truckers and commercial bus drivers. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a fatigued or distracted driver, the skilled Southfield auto accident attorneys of Lipton Law can help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 to learn more about your legal rights after an accident occurs.