According to a new review of 18 months of data on car accidents and drivers’ sleeping patterns, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that people who’d gotten less than the recommended seven or more hours of sleep the night before were almost TWICE as likely to be in a car accident.
And by sleeping less than seven hours, I mean even just an hour or two less.
By that measure, nearly a third of people are sleep deprived!
Now, when you get behind the wheel after sleeping just six hours, you may not FEEL like you’re impaired. But even a small deficit of restful sleep can slow your reaction time and reduce your ability to focus.
You know this: All it takes is one second of inattention, or one wrong move, and you could find yourself in a fender-bender (or worse).
While you’re asleep, your mind and body are working hard to recharge and rebuild. That’s why lack of sleep has been shown to wreck your immune system , making you vulnerable to any number of infections and diseases.
Not getting enough sleep has even been linked to waking nightmares like cancer and Alzheimer’s!
So get some light exercise a few hours before bed, avoid caffeine after midday, make sure your bedroom is screen-free, and let yourself get all the nourishing slumber your mind and body need.
Try to get eight hours – and if you come up short, take a nap. Napping for an hour was recently shown to clear out the cobwebs in the brain and sharpen mental skills.
And when you’re behind the wheel, you’d like to be as quick-witted as possible, right?
If you have difficulty sleeping, try supplementing with 5-HTP. Since 5-HTP increases the synthesis of serotonin, it is used for several diseases where serotonin is believed to play an important role including depression, insomnia, obesity, and many other conditions..Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Skipping two hours of sleep may double your crash risk, study says, cnn.com/2016/12/06/health/sleep-driving-crash-risk/