Because poor sleep/lack of sleep is the main factor in drowsy driving, getting a good night's rest is one of the best things you can do to prevent drowsy driving.
Sleep tips - How to get good sleep
If you still have trouble getting good sleep you should consult your physician. Use a sleep diary to track what type of problem is affecting your sleep.
- Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule, including weekends.
- Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine (e.g. soaking in a hot bath, reading a book, listening to soothing music).
- Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow.
- Use you bedroom only for sleep.
- Finish eating big meals at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime.
- Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime.
- To fall asleep quickly, avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol for at least four hours before you go to bed.
- Don't toss and turn. If you can't sleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed and do something else.
- It's hard to sleep hungry, so try a light snack before bedtime if you need to.
- Deal with stress. If daytime troubles keep you awake, try writing them down and leaving them until tomorrow.