Micro-sleeps mean danger.

A micro-sleep is a brief and unintended episode of sleep. It can cost you your life if it happens when you’re behind the wheel. Characterised by head snapping, nodding or closing your eyes, micro-sleeps commonly occur when you try to stay awake while performing monotonous tasks, including driving. Micro-sleeps can last from a fraction of a second to a few minutes. During a four-second micro-sleep, a car travelling at 100 km/h will travel 111 metres while completely out of the driver’s control. The best way to avoid driving tired is to make sure…

What is Micro-sleep?

  Micro-sleeps are brief, unintended episodes of loss of attention associated with events such as blank stare, head snapping, and prolonged eye closure which may occur when a person is fatigued but trying to stay awake to perform a monotonous task like driving a car or watching a computer screen.  These are potentially among the most dangerous consequences of insomnia. Microsleep episodes last from a few seconds to two minutes, and often the person is not aware that a microsleep has occurred. In fact, microsleeps often occur when a person’s eyes are open. While in a microsleep, a person fails to respond…