Drowsy driving is common and dangerous
Have you ever nodded off while driving? Though it is very unsafe, it is more common than you think. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that four percent of Americans admit to having recently fallen asleep at the wheel.
With a dramatically increased risk of accidents (and even fatality), the CDC warns that people should be more aware of their condition before getting in the car. The study found that one in 24 adults in the U.S. have fallen asleep while driving, and that figure may be even higher as many people do not notice when they nod off behind the wheel.
The report found five percent of 18-44 year olds admit to falling asleep while operating a vehicle, and that men are more likely than women to check out for a few seconds.
To best avoid a mid-drive nap, the CDC recommends getting at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, avoiding alcohol before getting behind the wheel and getting treatment for sleep disorders if necessary.