What are the risks of sleep-deprived driving?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
The more sleep-deprived you are, the more likely you are to doze off at the wheel or to put yourself and others in a life-threatening situation. Remember, driving while sleep-deprived is the same as driving with a blood alcohol level well into the inebriated range: Your judgment is impaired and your reflex time for corrective action is diminished, even if you do not actually doze off. So, driving while exhausted is another way - in addition to reducing your ability to manage stress - that sleep deprivation can quickly make your RealAge (physiologic age) substantially older.

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