Every driver has been there- needing to make a trip but feeling the impacts of being tired or overworked. The human body’s natural circadian rhythms alternating between sleep and alertness intersect with what is known as homeostatic sleep drive. This means that the longer a person is awake, the sleepier he or she becomes.

If these conditions are violated by driving overnight or starting a long trip at the end of the day, the risk of drowsy driving becomes even greater. Feeling drowsy behind the wheel is a serious signal that your body is very tired and at risk of falling asleep. Crashing at the wheel can be catastrophic because the driver loses control of the vehicle very quickly.

If you attempt to drive while sleepy, you could be putting yourself as well as others at risk. This is why it is best to drive in the morning after a restful night of sleep. Driving about one hour after you have woken up is the best way to avoid feeling tired or any drowsiness associated with your sleep the night before.

Caffeine may also be helpful if you are starting a drive later in the day. It helps to block the sleep-inducing infusion of adenosine. If you are concerned about staying awake during a longer drive, you may wish to bring along company in the car. Conversation and an additional person in the vehicle can help promote taking breaks and staying awake.

Sadly, drowsy driving still causes too many accidents every single year. You can help to avoid the dangerous impacts of a drowsy driving accident by only driving when you are awake and rested. If you have already been injured in a serious drowsy driving accident, then contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options. Jayson Lutzky handles automobile accident cases. He is a lawyer with over 32 years of experience who offers free in-person consultations. Call 718-514-6619 to set up your appointment and visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about Mr. Lutzky.