Every day, millions of Americans wake up during the wrong phase of sleep. The human body sleeps in cycles and is meant to wake up naturally at cyclical intervals. Our time-driven society, however, demands that people wake up at a certain time of day regardless of where one is in a sleep cycle. Combining the demands of time with the decisions of many people to forego sleep in favor of work produces a recipe for disaster.
Each year, 17% of all road accidents that occur in the United States are believed to have occurred due to driving while drowsy. One million accidents happen each year because drivers were tired before getting behind the wheel. 71,000 car accident injuries result from lack of sleep while driving, meaning 3% of all auto injuries could be prevented if people got enough sleep before driving. Approximately 5% of all automobile-related deaths occur due to sleepiness behind the wheel; this equals about 1,550 lives lost due to lack of sleep while operating a car.
As if human lives were not a high enough cost, a lack of good sleep requires an estimated price tag of $18 billion per year in healthcare costs. People should take better care of themselves and should sleep as if their lives depended on it–which is a definite possibility.
Guest post by Advanced Pain Care, pain specialists who know how important proper sleep is to avoiding neck pain in Austin.