Last updated on November 19, 2019 at 08:57 am
Groggy. Cloudy. Foggy. Worn out. Drained. Drowsy. So tired.
The list of ways to describe how you feel after a restless night can go on and on. It only takes one day of feeling like this to realize the importance of a good night’s sleep.
There’s no better time to make sleep a priority than during Sleep Awareness Week, March 10-16, 2019. Each year for one week, the National Sleep Foundation promotes the health benefits of resting well.
What are some of those benefits? Just a few include being more alert, making fewer mistakes, learning easier and better health.
A good night’s sleep can also help you to be safer behind the wheel. Lack of sleep can lead to slower reaction times and microsleep – those brief moments of sleep that happen when you’re awake, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Even though you may not recognize the term, you may be familiar with microsleep. The NIH describes it like this:
“You can’t control microsleep, and you might not be aware of it. For example, have you ever driven somewhere and then not remembered part of the trip? If so, you may have experienced microsleep.”
The NIH also estimates that driver sleepiness is a factor in about 100,000 car accidents each year.
How do you get a good night’s sleep? Try:
- Keeping your room between 60 and 67 degrees
- Avoiding naps
- Sticking to a sleep schedule
Even if you already make sleep a priority, life can sometimes butt in with emergencies, travel and late nights to disrupt your schedule. If you have an auto policy from Plymouth Rock and don’t feel safe driving because you’re too tired, take advantage of the Get Home Safe program. Submit your receipt and we’ll pick up your one-way cab ride home, up to $50.
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