My son works a swing shift and is constantly tired. I’m afraid for his safety and want to talk to him about drowsy driving. What should I tell him?
You have every right to worry about him, as shift workers are one of the at-risk groups for drowsy driving, according to the AAA Foundation. In fact, shift workers are twice as likely to fall asleep while driving, reveals the Sleep in America poll by the National Sleep Foundation.
This is due to the fact that shift workers never fully adjust to the hours they work because the human body is designed to sleep when it is dark and awake when it is light outside. As a result, people who are awake between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. often feel sleepy and are more likely to be involved in a sleep-related traffic accident.
If possible, your son should try to take short naps when he can break during his shift. Also, he should take a walk or do something active before getting in his car to drive home after his shift. If he is feeling tired, he should ask someone to drive him home or take public transportation. When he is off of work, he should try to get eight hours of sleep per day and stick to the same schedule that he has during the work week.
It is a good idea to discuss some of these strategies with your son and let him know the seriousness of drowsy driving so that you can help reduce his chances of being involved in a drowsy driving accident.
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