How important is sleep for the brain?
Friday, 04 January 2013

CDC: Drowsy Driving — 19 States and the District of Columbia, 2009–2010

Though humans spend one-third (for researchers, maybe less) of our lives sleeping, the reason for the necessity of sleep still remains a mystery to neuroscientists. Whatever the reasons, CDC has released a report that 4.2% of of sleep-deprived adults admitted to falling asleep at the wheel at least once in the previous month.

As the report states, "Although it is clear that falling asleep while driving is dangerous, drowsiness impairs driving skills even if drivers manage to stay awake." It continues, "Drowsiness slows reaction time, makes drivers less attentive, and impairs decision-making skills, all of which can contribute to motor vehicle crashes."

For a well-functioning brain, please remember to get a good dose of sleep!