Asleep At The Wheel
At Simmons Mattress Gallery, we take sleep depravation extremely seriously, especially when it impacts the health and safety of our customers. But there are times when we have to giggle at some of the stories we hear about people falling asleep.
While it’s never nice to laugh or make fun of someone’s misfortunes, we had to stifle a chuckle when we read about this glaringly ironic news story out of Dallas, Texas. On November 4th, at approximately 11:30 at night, an anonymous driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a Sleep Experts mattress store. The driver, according to local news reports, had just finished a 13-hour shift and was heading home when she momentarily dozed off. Her truck drifted off the road and drove headlong into the brick wall of a Sleep Experts mattress showroom.
Fortunately, the driver walked away from the accident without any serious injuries.
While the irony of the incident is laughable, sleep depravation, brought on by shift work, is a serious problem. The probability of workplace accidents is compounded when staff are asked to work extended shifts with quick turnaround periods. The ability to concentrate and focus on a task is dramatically reduced when a worker is suffering from exhaustion.
Companies also run the risk of facing liability issues when workers injure themselves commuting under limited rest.
If your exhaustion level is impeding your ability to safely transport yourself home, call a taxi or ask a friend or family member to pick you up from work. Don’t run the risk of injuring yourself or others due to your lack of sleep.