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How to know if drowsy driving affects you

A lot of recent state driving campaigns have focused on the dangers of driving while intoxicated or high. However, there is another major danger on the roadways that does not get as much attention. Every day, hundreds of Arizona drivers operate vehicles while drowsy, and they pose a significant threat to other drivers and pedestrians. 

It only takes one person to start falling asleep behind the wheel to end up in an auto accident. All people need to be aware of how much sleep they have gotten and whether it will significantly affect them while driving. By being smarter drivers, everyone can do their part in reducing the number of car crashes in Arizona.

How much sleep is not enough?

The American Automobile Association recently performed a study to find out how much sleep people need to drive safely. Experts found that those who regularly sleep fewer than five hours a day or have slept for fewer than seven hours in the past day pose an increased risk in crashing a car than someone who gets the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep daily. 

Sleep deprivation is a major problem in American society. It can lead to prolonged lapses in attention, decreased accuracy of response times and slowed reactions to various stimuli. The study found that people who only slept for between four and five hours had 4.3 times the crash rate as people who had gotten a good night's rest. 

More research is necessary in this field to help the general public better understand how sleeping impacts every aspect of their lives. Individuals with sleeping disorders need to seek treatment immediately. Insomnia and sleep apnea can prevent people from getting sufficient sleep every evening, so sufferers need to deal with those conditions promptly. Sleep deprived individuals need to think twice about whether they should get behind the wheel. Better sleep could result in fewer injuries on Arizona roadways. 

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