Missing Two Hours Of Sleep Doubles Car Crash Risk

Posted: Dec 6 2016, 9:21am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Missing Two Hours of Sleep Doubles Car Crash Risk
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  • Sleep Debt may Double your Risk of a Car Accident

It has been said that the build-up of sleep debt may double your risk of a car accident. The brain dozes off while you are at the wheel and everything is put on the line including your life.

Drivers who miss one or two hours of sleep at night may face trouble while driving. So much so that chances of death in a car accident are more likelier among these half-awake zombies.

The CDC and AAA rolled out these frightening statistics. 35% of Americans don’t get the recommended seven hours of sleep per night. This leads to gaps in attention span and focus leading to a greater chance of crashing your vehicle into a tree, building or an oncoming vehicle.

Such a “sleep syndrome” is responsible for one in five deaths on the highways of America each year. Those drivers who like to remain awake at night and enjoy night life or entertainment may be putting their lives as well as the lives of their near and dear ones at risk due to faulty driving.

Missing out on sleep automatically leads to loss of reflexes at the wheel. In fact, sleeping for less than five hours a night may have the same mental effects as being drunk.

Missing just 2-3 hours of sleep may lead to a sleep debt so that the chances of dying on the road are quadrupled. The brain cannot cope with the sleep loss and faces the same conditions it would were it in an inebriated state.

For those who slept for six hours, the risks increased to 1.3 times the normal rate. Those who slept five hours increased their risks to 1.9 times the norm. Sleeping for four hours increased risks by 4.3 times the standard figure.

Finally three hours or less led to an extremely sozzled state where 11.5 times the normal crash rate was applicable. This would be truly disastrous. So to get one’s daily shuteye is not only a necessity but a compulsory act.

While 97% of the drivers professed that to drive without sleeping well is dangerous, many of them didn’t act on this belief. One in three had been guilty of sleepless driving in the past.

Some of them had been so tired and fatigued that just to manage to keep their peepers open was an act of will that they had barely kept up. All sorts of problems occur in driving skills if you have not been refreshed by a restful night’s sleep. So care is of the essence.

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