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Drowsy Driving on the Rise in DC and Maryland

Drowsy Driving on the Rise in DC and Maryland

We are often reminded to drive carefully and obey the rules of the road but a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study on drowsy driving reminds us of the importance of a good nights rest.

The study, released Thursday, reported that 1 in 24 people admit to nodding off while behind the wheel. Health officials note that this number is most likely higher because some people do not realize they fall asleep.

While a lack of sleep can be caused by many factors, insufficient sleep can also be a sign of a sleep issue such as insomnia or sleep apnea, a disorder when people frequently stop breathing at night.

Sleep testing can help diagnose a disorder and help you prevent being one of the 4% of reported drowsy drivers on the road. Whether you are conscious of your sleep problems or simply consider yourself a tired person, speak with your doctor if you are experiencing signs of a sleep disorder. Signs include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • High blood pressure
  • Heavy snoring that bothers others
  • Waking up in the middle of the night and the inability to fall back asleep
  • Drowsiness while driving, reading or watching television
  • Waking up with headaches

To prevent drowsy driving, health officials recommend getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night and treating any sleep disorders.

Ask your doctor for a sleep test at The Sleep Disorders Center at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (301-294-5580) in Rockville or at The Sleep Disorders Center at Washington Adventist Hospital (800-264-1487) in Takoma Park.

Adventist HealthCare

Adventist HealthCare, based in Gaithersburg, Md., is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization of dedicated professionals who work together each day to provide excellent wellness, disease management and health-care services to the community.

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