Health Tip: Stay Awake Behind the Wheel

Start your trip well rested, and take frequent breaks

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(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.

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