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.
The Dangers of Not Getting Enough Sleep
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 The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC today to learn more.