Low-quality sleep can still lead to fatigued driving

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2022 | Car accidents

It’s often thought that people who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be fatigued drivers. This is why truck drivers have regulations about how much time they must take off, for example. It’s important for them to be fully rested and not to try to keep driving when they’re exhausted just to earn more money.

But one thing that is important to keep in mind is that it’s not just getting enough hours of sleep every night. What’s important is getting high-quality sleep. Someone who fails to do that may still suffer from fatigued driving, despite the fact that they technically got seven or eight hours of sleep.

New parents

One example of how this could happen is if someone is a new parent. They may spend eight hours in bed, but they might have to wake up every two hours with their new baby. This can disrupt their REM cycle and mean that they don’t feel nearly as rested when they finally get up for the day.

Excessive drinking

Another example is if someone tends to drink too much alcohol before they go to sleep. Although it is true that having a nightcap can make it easier to fall asleep initially, alcohol in your system can also mean that the quality of your sleep is not nearly as high. People who drink consistently may not be impaired when they get in the car, but they could still be too tired to drive safely.

Your injuries

If you’ve been hit by a fatigued driver and suffered severe injuries in the accident, you need to know how to seek financial compensation.