(HealthDay News) -- Driving when sleep-deprived can be extremely dangerous.
To help you stay awake and alert, follow these suggestions from the National Sleep Foundation:
- Get plenty of quality sleep the night before a long drive.
- If there's a time that you typically begin to feel sleepy, avoid driving during that time.
- If you're planning to drive through the night, try to get at least some shuteye between midnight and 6 a.m.
- If driving all day, stop and take a mid-afternoon nap.
- Try to take a break about every 100 miles or so -- stop to get gas, walk around, stretch, nap or get some exercise.
- If traveling with a passenger, it helps if he or she is awake, too. Talk to each other to keep yourselves alert.