First comes a yawn, then your eyes get heavy. Maybe you drift into another lane or hit a rumble strip. You know you're tired, but figure you can push through it and roll down your window or turn up the music in your car. Sound familiar?
You're not alone – according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 24 Americans drove drowsy in the past month alone. What's more, researchers found that driving drowsy can be as dangerous as drunk driving.
Experts say that a typical driver makes approximately 1,000 decisions a minute and someone who hasn't gotten enough sleep impairs their decision-making ability. In fact, staying awake for 18 hours straight results in decision-making impairment similar to that of a drunk driver.
According to the report:
Driving safety officials say that people should get off the road as soon as they notice signs of sleepiness like yawning, missing exits, and drifting between lanes. The CDC encourages people to get at least seven hours of sleep a day and never drink alcohol or take sedative medications before driving.