Most people are aware that drinking and driving are a dangerous combination, especially if the divers Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) are above 0.08 %( the legal limit). A recent study of 19 adults showed that sleep deprived drivers with a BAC of 0.03% had greater impairments in reaction time and lane/speed variability when compared with drivers with a BAC of 0.05% in a rested state. Also 26 % of females and 20% of males in the NSF sleep in America polls report getting less sleep than needed while driving with a BAC below the legal limit. This severely impairs their driving performance and increases their risk of having a motor vehicle crash.

SLEEP: vol.32 (7)-wed, Jul. 01-2009

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