In a recent article published in the journal, Sleep, researchers from the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project concluded that a good night’s sleep can prevent a large portion of fatal car accidents. Researchers have found that insomniacs are twice as likely to die in a fatal motor vehicle accident as those that get the recommended hours of sleep. In fact, 34% of fatal car accidents involve some degree of insomnia. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine strongly recommends that insomnia become a national health priority because of its threat to public health and safety.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 30,000 fatal car accidents each year in the United States. These result in approximately 29 million visits to the emergency room as a result of unintended fatalities and injuries. The researchers from the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project believe that the majority of these fatalities and injuries could be prevented by ensuring that insomniacs get treatment to ensure a good night’s sleep each evening.
The main symptom of insomnia associated with fatal car accidents is attributed to self-reported trouble falling asleep as opposed to staying asleep once sleep is achieved. Researchers agree that providing resources that educate people on the dangers of insomnia, and bringing awareness to the problems associated with insomnia, can go a long way in reducing the number of fatal car accidents occurring each year.
Recent research conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine reinforces the notion that sleep is essential to an individual’s safety and health. The human body requires six to eight hours of sleep each night to rejuvenate its energy, refocus its attention, and to perform at maximum capacity. Continuous interruptions to this sleep pattern quickly diminishes a person’s ability to react quickly, think logically, and maintain focus.
Fatal car accidents are just one of the consequences of insomnia, making it more important than ever for insomniacs, people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, and those with other sleep disorders to get intervention as soon as possible to ensure their safety as well as all those they come in contact with each day.
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