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Drowsy driving can happen to anyone

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2022 | Firm News |

Drowsy driving has been the cause of countless motor vehicle accidents in Texas. Not everyone sleeps the night time cycle, which can make the roadways a dangerous place at all times. Getting proper rest has actually become a main focus for many health advocates across the nation. We can add automobile safety to that advocacy list as well in the modern day with the recognition of sleep apnea as a very serious health disorder.

Daytime drowsiness from caloric intake

Many people become drowsy during the daytime hours. It can happen for a wide variety of reasons ranging from eating too much lunch to a lack of caffeine of the morning in getting the day started. While some people avoid caffeine altogether, many people need it. Additionally, eating sweets can also create drowsiness after the sugar intensity wears off.

Irregular sleep patterns

Regardless of what shift an individual works, it is important to get plenty of sleep during the time of day that is designated for rest. Some people who work night shifts do not sleep just before a shift, but instead sleep during the morning after getting off from work. This can create drowsiness that can lead to car accidents during the commuting hours or while running errands.

Alcohol and medications

Both alcohol and medications can induce drowsiness under the right conditions based on the amount of intake and type of medications. Many individuals take medications daily that produce drowsiness while effective, and many people becoming sleepy and drowsy when hungover after consuming too much alcohol. Using both or either one while behind the wheel can ultimately contribute to causation of motor vehicle accidents.

These are just a few issues that can lead to drowsy driving. It is important for all drivers in Texas to be alert when behind the steering wheel of any vehicle because lives are depending on it.