BANGOR – Lack of sleep is something most of us deal with from time to time, a study shows it can have dangerous and even deadly consequences.
Driving without enough sleep or drowsy driving is causing more crashes on Maine roads. The number jumped by 11 percent over a four year period.
People don’t realize that falling asleep isn’t a voluntary thing. It’s involuntary. You could feel somewhat tired but 5 minutes later you fall asleep without any control over it.
AAA spokesman Christopher Hill said “There were many times in the study where people had no symptoms however they fell asleep.”
Missing just a few hours of sleep can almost double your chance of having an accident. Getting only four to five hours of sleep makes you almost four times more likely to crash.
“When you are getting less than four or five hours of sleep and then get behind the wheel you are in essence driving as if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.” added Hill.
Sleep is the first thing most people sacrifice when they are trying to juggle work and home.during this time of year the stress of holidays, shopping and traveling to visit relatives can make the problem worse.
Try driving during normal daylight hours when your body is used to being awake.driving in groups so you can mix up and switch back and forth after a certain period of time and if you can’t drive in groups and you are driving by yourself make sure you plan consistent breaks through your trip.