• Deter drowsy driving.
Researchers have shown that drowsy drivers are nearly as hazardous as people driving under the influence. Unfortunately, about 17 percent of fatal car accidents involve sleepy driver.
Sleep better: Certainly, making it a point to nab seven to nine hours of sleep a night is a great way to drive under safer conditions. The problem is, some people don’t realize they’re driving drowsy. If you’re yawning, experiencing heavy eyelids, having trouble thinking straight, missing exits, or drifting out of your lane, it’s time to park it. By the way, it’s a myth that opening the windows or turning up the radio will keep you alert enough to drive safely. If you’re on the road and experience extreme drowsiness, find a safe parking lot area to park, and set your cellphone alarm so you can get a 20-minute power nap to fuel you for more driving.
• Sideline sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition that causes heavy snoring and interrupted breathing during the sleep cycle. A 2008 Johns Hopkins University study confirmed that severe forms of sleep apena can raise the risk of stroke or heart attack by more than 45 percent.
Sleep better: See your doctor to talk about how to best manage your sleep apnea. Most doctors agree that one of the most effective ways to stop sleep apnea is to lose weight. If you’re overweight, losing 10 percent of your body can greatly keep sleep apnea in check and help you get better sleep.