Are You Getting Your Zzz’s?

It's day 5 of the the No More Distracted Driving challenge

Today's tip is to get your zzz’s. ANA’s 2013–2016 Health Risk Appraisal Report shows that 12 percent of respondents admitted to nodding off while driving within the past month.

If you’ve worked a long shift or are exhausted, please don’t get behind the wheel. Many hospitals have rooms where nurses can rest if they are unable to drive themselves home. 

Distracted driving is a serious problem, but preventable. Take the issue seriously and plan ahead to do your part to prevent accidents and save lives. Take note of these signs from The National Sleep Foundation that indicate you may be too tired to drive.

If you notice any of these signs, pull over, call someone to pick you up, or request a ride from a service, like Uber or Lyft:

  • Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids
  • Daydreaming; wandering/disconnected thoughts
  • Trouble remembering the last few miles driven; missing exits or traffic signs
  • Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes
  • Trouble keeping your head up
  • Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip
  • Feeling restless and irritable

Do you get good quality sleep?  Have a story about a time you experienced these signs? Share it with us here.

Thank you for participating in this 5 day challenge. Find this helpful? Use the social media links on the bottom or left side of your page to share it with a nurse you know.  

Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Sep 14, 2018 8:40 AM America/Chicago

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