Understanding the Connection Between Sleep Medications & Impaired Driving Accidents

October 1, 2013

Car Accidents, Drunk Driving

speeping pills and drivingInsomnia has become a big problem in America thanks to the fast pace of the wired society. An astounding 9 million American adults admit to taking prescription sleeping pills on a regular basis according to a recent government study.

This number does not even include the millions who regularly take over the counter sleeping aids.

Who takes sleeping pills?

According to the study, individuals who are white, female and over the age of 50 make up the largest portion of those who take sleeping pills on a regular basis.

Why are sleeping pills being used so much?

As mentioned above, a fast-faced and wired society causes many individuals to have difficulty falling or staying asleep. Within the past twenty years, many factors such as electronic communications, distractions, worries and social media have led to an increase in sleeplessness.

How much sleep is necessary?

According to the Center for Disease Control, adults need at least seven hours of sleep per night. However, only 1/3 of American adults actually get the recommended amount of sleep. Doctors recommend exercise and the elimination of caffeine consumption in order to improve sleep.

What is the danger of taking sleeping pills?

Many sleeping pills come in a time release variety, meaning that they carry over into the daytime thus affecting a driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. Other times, individuals take sleeping pills with the expectation of not having to drive yet end up having to drive unexpectedly.

How to sleeping pills affect a driver’s ability to drive?

Many times, police officers assume drivers under the influence of sleeping pills are actually intoxicated as they display similar characteristics. In fact, many impaired driving accidents in the past, which were attributed to drunk drivers, ended up being caused by a driver who was on a prescription sleep medication.

What does this mean?

These findings reveal that driving while under the influence of sleeping pills can be just as dangerous as operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

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