Americans prize having a strong work ethic, sometimes to the detriment of their physical and mental health. People often put in so many hours at work that they don’t have enough time to take care of their health or maintain their relationships.
As if that weren’t bad enough, working too much can also put them in immediate physical danger when they commute to and from their jobs. When people don’t get enough sleep and rely on caffeine to remain alert and functional on the job, the possible consequences include chronic fatigue and drowsiness.
Driving home from work after a long day could become much more dangerous for someone who has gone too long without sleep. Their chances of causing a crash increase the longer they’ve been awake.
Fatigue affects your brain much like alcohol does
Being drowsy is incredibly dangerous. Someone who feels tired could drift off to sleep while driving, losing control of their vehicle and causing a crash. Still, you don’t need to fall asleep for your lack of sleep to negatively affect your safety at the wheel.
The longer it has been since you slept, the more impaired your brain function becomes. Eventually, lack of sleep is as dangerous as having drunk enough to fail a chemical breath test. The more tired a driver is, the longer their reaction times might be. They may also make bad decisions at the wheel or fail to notice changing traffic conditions.
Overwork is not an excuse for putting other people at risk. Drivers hurt by those too tired to safely drive may need to take legal action after the crash.