Sleep Disorders

14 July 2009

Asleep at the wheel

With the hectic demands of shopping, working, and organising your holiday trip, you might become so rundown that you're too tired to drive safely.

With the hectic demands of shopping, working, and organising your holiday trip, you might become so rundown that you're too tired to drive safely. Research has found that common techniques drivers use to try and stay awake, such as winding down the window, are largely ineffective.

Take action: Have a good night's rest before a long trip - at least 8 hours; on long trips, take along a passenger who stays awake talking to you; schedule regular stops - every two hours; avoid alcohol or medications that may impair you; drink coffee - but remember it takes about 30 minutes for the caffeine to enter into your bloodstream.

Click here for more tips on healthy travelling.

 

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Neera Bhikha is a Neurophysiologist at SandtonMedi Clinic in Johannesburg. She specialises in Neurodiagnostic testing which includes EEG (routine and long term monitoring sleep studies), Polysomnograms, Nerve conduction studies/EMG studies.

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