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Here Is The Main Way To Avoid Driving Drowsy

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Everyone does it, and its hard to point fingers especially when I am guilt of it too. I have to ask this though – Are you driving drowsy? After some thought on the subject it got me wondering…would a new mattress help you sleep better?

We all know the dangerous affects of drowsy driving. Drowsy driving is the cause of thousands of automobile crashes each year. Many times, these crashes are fatal. The National Sleep Foundation conducted a poll in 2002 and said the following concerning drowsy driving.

“Our surveys tell us that nearly 60 million Americans are operating on inadequate sleep at any given time. In our 2002 poll, which was released earlier this year, about 40% of Americans report being so sleepy during the day that it interferes with their daily activities. Too many of us forget that lack of adequate, restful slumber has serious consequences at home, in the workplace, at school, and especially on the highway.”

“In addition, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year. These crashes cause over 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries as well as $12.5 billion in diminished productivity and property loss (Knipling RR and Wang JS 1995). ”

These are shocking figures. More needs to be done to teach people the affects of drowsy driving. The solution can start with you. You can help minimize the number of crashes each year caused from drowsy driving. Here’s where your mattress comes into play. How long has it been since you replaced your mattress? Does it continue to provide the comfort and support that you need? Or, do you find yourself tossing and turning every night? Do you wake up feeling restless and sluggish?

It may be time to replace your mattress. In order to stay safe on the road, it is critical that you take a careful evaluation of the quality of sleep you are getting. Especially if you commute a long distance to work or school, you must make sure that you are getting enough sleep. It isn’t just about the number of hours you are sleeping either. Your quality of sleep is just as important of your quantity of sleep. If you want to help make a difference in the fight against drowsy driving, carefully consider if you need to replace your mattress.

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