Cling onto these 6 tips to avoid sleepiness behind the wheel

08/21/2018

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Sleepy driving is just as lethal as drunk driving. To some extent it’s even deadlier.

Sleepy driving is just as lethal as drunk driving. To some extent it’s even deadlier for the fact that your sleepiness comes randomly and out of our control at times while drivers may choose not to get drunk before jumping into the left front seat or even if he/she’s trying to get behind the wheel after an alcoholic party, others force him/her to call Uber instead.

As mention earlier, sleepiness behind the wheel comes naturally and unexpectedly. Its signs are subtle to be detected. However, you still can cease your craving for sleep from happening by strictly applying pieces of advice below.

An African man sleeping behind the wheel

Sleepy driving is just as lethal as drunk driving. To some extent it’s even deadlier

1. A sip of caffeine

Officer workers are accustomed to the habit of consuming a cup of coffee before truly “saying hello” to work in the morning. There’s some science behind it, caffeine has long been seen as a miraculous medicine to get your mind alert.

Nothing too much is good, only take an ample amount of caffeine before bringing the engine to life, too much caffeine will provoke irritation and get the blood pressure higher.

Also, remember the effects of caffeine fade away in a matter of some hours, so any signs of sleepiness behind the wheel after that should be dealt with another dose of caffeine or a nap (It's right below, keep reading).

A African couple drinking togethter

Caffeine has long been seen as a miraculous medicine to get your mind alert

2. A nap before the ride

Believe me, it doesn’t need a science-back evidence to prove, workers of sedentary jobs can attest to that. Or if you are, you must know what I’m trying to say. Office workers are the best in terms of taking the full use of the lunchtime.

With a shabby time for a break between the morning and afternoon shift of a bit longer than an hour, they still can manage the meal and head into a short nap. Some may sleep for only 5 minutes but they never discard the habits. Why?? Because only a quick nap works wonders to bring them to the highest state of mind to start off a lucrative afternoon.

See? A nap doesn’t take long but the benefit it offers is significant. As a driver, don’t hesitate to spare some minutes before heading for a long-haul ride.

3. Ample hours of sleep the night before

Science has been repeatedly reminding us of the importance of a good night sleep. Nights are the only time of the day which puts us at ease without any distractions from the outside world, so we can 100 percent replenish our energy. No matter you have been through a light-work day or an arduous one, 7 or 8 hours of sleep at night is adequate to recharge your power. And just when you feel 100% percent you (without any ache or ailment), you can 100% get your car under control.

An african woman sleeping

7 or 8 hours of sleep at night is adequate to recharge your power

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4. No alcohol

Drinks are compelling to us and hard to resist. The effects it exerts on us are negatively great as well.

You may be a fancy drinker with a good ability which guarantees you are always the last one who stands the ground? But don’t be so proud of yourself about it when it comes to driving a vehicle.

A small cup of wine may sound not a matter but still, it can make you sleepy. Get rid of your pride and get rid of alcohol before every ride.

An African man raising a beer

Drinks are compelling to us and hard to resist. The effects it exerts on us are negatively great as well

Video: A Neuroscientist Explains What Alcohol Does to Your Brain | Inverse

5. No Night drive, please!

There are night owls and morning people at birth; however, the modern world gravitates us toward working, going to school, playing, etc. when the sun is still on.

The daytime activities wear out our power, so it needs a recharge at night, which results in the fact that the most crashes happened during night time (highest are 0:00- 2:00 am and 4:00-6:00 am). Try not to drive during these hours as you may most likely to get sleepy behind the wheel, and even when you are well aware, others might not!

6. Say No to pills that make you sleepy

Pills contain a variety of chemical components. Lots of them make us drowsy. Check the components of the medicines carefully to make sure if it may bring us to sleep. If you’re in the process of treating some health issues and the pills are to take, always put yourself in the rear seats, never take the control over the wheel.

Hands of some Africans holding pills and ciggarette

Pills contain a variety of chemical components. Lots of them make us drowsy

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