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Drowsy Driving Kills People
If You’re Sleepy—Don’t Drive! Driving drowsy is like driving drunk!
If you have sleep apnea and are well treated and compliant with therapy then their are no work or driving restrictions, even for professional drivers. If you have untreated sleep apnea or poorly treated sleep apnea then you should not drive or put yourself in a situation in which falling asleep may be dangerous.
A person who is sleepy and drives is at high risk for an automobile crash. Planning ahead may help reduce that risk. For example, the following tips may help when planning a long distance car trip:
■ Get a good night’s sleep before leaving.
■ Avoid driving between midnight and 7 a.m.
■ Change drivers often to allow for rest periods. Nap if tired or sleepy-Dont drive
■ Schedule frequent breaks.
■ Screen for /get evaluation for a sleep disorder, discuss with your Doctor.
If you’re drowsy driving to or from work on a daily basis, get help!
■ Get more sleep, at least 7 hours a night
■ Get evaluated for shift work syndrome or other sleep disorders if still tired with 7 hours of sleep
■ Pull over and call for help or a ride home, arrange a car pool so you can ride and sleep
■ Don’t Drive Drowsy