March 3-10 is National Sleep Awareness Week. This week-long campaign sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation calls attention to the many health benefits that come from proper sleep. The impact of a good night’s rest on your ability to function throughout the day is critical. That is never truer than when you get behind the wheel.
In a poll completed by the National Sleep Foundation regarding drowsy driving, 60 percent of participants had driven while feeling sleepy and 37 percent had actually fallen asleep while driving in the past year. If you are feeling sleepy, please find a safe place to stop your vehicle. There is no need to put yourself or others in danger.
Here are a few signs that a driver should stop and rest per the National Sleep Foundation:
- Heavy eyelids, frequent blinking or difficulty focusing
- Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes
- Trouble keeping your head up
- Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip
For more information regarding National Sleep Awareness Week, go to www.sleepfoundation.org.