Precautions - Stretching
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Make a movement such as stretching or fidgeting to keep the mind more engaged, especially if you work in an environment that requires sitting for long period#microsleep.
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Precautions - Caffeine
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Caffeine helps, a little bit. But, it’s not a cure for being sleepy and it will not prevent microsleeps. It takes a while to kick in and only provides a moderate effect for a couple of hours.
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Precautions - Well-rested
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Prioritize rest, and listen to your body. If you’re nodding in the morning or are falling asleep very quickly at night, you may not be getting sufficient sleep. The incident of drowsiness when you're driving is also one of the warning signs of microsleep, do not push yourself into continuing to drive because it can potentially be dangerous. Take a break and rest well because most adults need at least 7 to 9 hours nightly.
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Precautions - Power Naps
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When you have a long boring drive or working in a long hours, better schedule power naps when drowsiness kicking in. NASA research on pilots found that those taking planned naps during long haul flights showed fewer microsleep events during times of active work.
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Precautions - Companionship Driving
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If possible, drive with a companion/passenger. Various studies find that talking to other people may reduce sleepiness. One study also found that hearing your own name was more effective than loud sound at preventing attention lapses during a vigilance test.
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