With the pace of life today, it can seem impossible to always be caught up on your sleep. Between work, family, and trying to find time to do things that you enjoy there hardly seem to be enough hours in the day. Add in stress or anxiety keeping you awake at night and it may seem a wonder you get any sleep at all. When these kinds of things start to catch up to you, it can be hard to resist closing your eyes for a few minutes and taking a nice nap. The issue is that you aren’t always home or in a safe space to do that when the fatigue sets in. Sometimes, you’re behind the wheel.
If you start to feel drowsy while you’re driving, the best thing that you can do is pull over in a safe space and take a short nap. Unfortunately, this isn’t always an option. It is important to do your best to be well rested overnight, but if you can’t for one reason or another making sure that you can either stay awake or get a ride with someone else is required. While things like coffee and other forms of caffeine are helpful, it may not be enough. Other tips include turning the air in your car to prevent yourself from getting too warm and comfortable and turning the radio on with the volume up so that the quiet drone of your car can’t lull you to sleep.
If you aren’t sure that you can stay awake, there are other options. You can always ask a friend for a ride or use a ride share service like Uber or Lyft to get where you need to go. You may even be able to catch a short nap while you’re waiting to get to your destination. Sleep deprivation is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to you while you’re driving so make it a priority to prevent the possibility.
If you were in a car accident because someone involved was too tired to safely be on the road, give the Accident and Injury Center a call. We are a chiropractic practice that is dedicated to helping you get back on your feet after a crash, so we know exactly how to help you regardless of how severe your injuries may be. Come in and see how much we can help you!