What is a micro-sleep? A Dangerous Thing Behind the Wheel!

Almost half of male drivers admit to experiencing micro-sleeps at the wheel. What are they?

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Frightening how many drivers have fallen asleep even for brief periods involuntarily simply due to driver fatigue.  Young people (who need more sleep in general) and drivers on monotonous routes are particularly susceptible to these mini sleep episodes behind the wheel.  Loss of consciousness can be up to 10 seconds which is, unfortunately, enough time to lose control and run off the road or into oncoming traffic.  Solution: Stop the car, consume about 150 mg of caffeine and take a 15 minute nap (the amount of time necessary for the caffeine to kick in).


See on www.bbc.co.uk

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