A new study shows that going without sleep leaves you basically drunk.
Staying awake for 24 hours puts you at the equivalent of a .1% blood alcohol content as you drive to work, make decisions and interact with others. Scary, right?
At 17 hours without sleep, you are at .08% blood alcohol level, according to researchers. After 17 hours without sleep, coordination deteriorates, irritability sets in, and pain becomes more acute and the immune system suffers, which means the body is more open to infection. However, the scary part is that a person has a complete lack of judgement at this point and thinks they can drive home, go to work or do whatever they need to with no problems.
The effects worsen past 24 hours without sleep, according to researchers. The brain starts shutting down in trance-like microsleeps, 15- to 30-second spells that occur without the person noticing. Eventually, not sleeping results in death.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving caused 72,000 crashes and 800 deaths from 2009 to 2013. Nearly one-third of all drivers admitted to driving drowsy within the previous month in a 2015 AAA poll.
A lot of people assume that caffeine will keep them up, but that is not entirely correct. It takes an hour for caffeine to kick in, so if you are drowsy, pull over for a bit and take break. Your body is telling you that it could use the rest.
DUI laws have always been aggressive in Florida and have only gotten more strict over the years. Currently, there are many states throughout the country pushing to lower the legal limit from .08% BAC to .05%. That state of Utah actually made this a new law just last week. A BAC of .05% is the equivalent of about two beers, to put it into perspective.
If you find yourself arrested or charged with DUI in Florida, our Florida DUI Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are here to help. We can answer any questions you have. Call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online.