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What factors lead to drowsy driving accidents?

Most adults require 6-8 hours of sleep each night to function up to their peak physical and mental capacity. Many things prevent people from getting enough sleep, with the most significant problems being

  • Working alternate shifts
  • Working long hours, especially as a commercial truck driver
  • Caring for family members
  • Experiencing poor health
  • Suffering from sleep apnea or another sleep disorder
  • Using medications
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol

Missed sleep takes a cumulative toll, but even a single night of insufficient rest and recovery puts a driver at risk for nodding off behind the wheel.


Eric K. Washburn
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