The easiest way to avoid drowsy driving is to get a good night's sleep. For many, that's a struggle. Here are 10 tips for a better night's sleep from 'Sleep Smart. Drive Smart.'
- Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule, including weekends.
- Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine (e.g. soaking in a hot bath, reading a book, listening to soothing music).
- Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow.
- Use you bedroom only for sleep.
- Finish eating big meals at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime.
- Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime.
- To fall asleep quickly, avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol for at least four hours before you go to bed.
- Don't toss and turn. If you can't sleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed and do something else.
- It's hard to sleep hungry, so try a light snack before bedtime if you need to.
- Deal with stress. If daytime troubles keep you awake, try writing them down and leaving them until tomorrow.
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