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What Drowsy and Drunk Driving Have in Common

Have you ever been on a road trip where you slept poorly the night before departing, but still had to drive hundreds of miles the next day to get to your destination? If so, keep reading, because you may have been lucky to avoid a car accident. Researchers have discovered sleep deprivation impairs alertness in similar ways to alcohol intoxication. A study from the University of Oxford and the Royal Society for Public Health claims 24 hours of sleeplessness impairs alertness in a way comparable to having a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .10 percent. This is more than the .08 percent required to be considered drunk. At 17 hours awake, researchers claim it is comparable to having a BAC of .05 percent. The study claims sleep deprivation causes impaired attention and concentration, reduced ability to multitask, and difficulties with decision-making. Sound familiar? These are some of the same performance-related symptoms…
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