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Get Sleep, Save Lives

Did you know that drowsy driving can be just as fatal as drinking and driving?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving causes at least 100,000 police-reported crashes and kills more than 1,550 Americans each year.

Like alcohol, sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases the risk of crashing.

“There are many underlying causes of sleepiness and drowsy driving, including interrupted or fragmented sleep, and undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorders,” says Amanda Bowden, R.R.T./R.P.S.G.T., manager of the Sleep Disorders Laboratory at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital.

If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, contact the Sleep Disorders Laboratory at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital at 1-888-4-HARRIS (1-888-442-7747).

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