Sleep deprivation is a very real thing. Whether it's working long hours -- or hours against the body's natural rhythm -- or living with a sleep disorder, many Americans are simply just not getting enough sleep. While this can come with a host of health problems, one of the real frightening concerns is how this tiredness can affect other people and put them in direct risk of getting into an accident.The National Sleep Foundation conducted a poll of just how tired drivers are. Here are some of the findings:
- More than half of adults who responded, approximately 168 million, reported feeling tired while driving in the past year.
- More than a third, or 103 million drivers, admitted to actually falling asleep while driving.
- Around 11 million drivers said they have either been in an accident or nearly got into an accident due to being tired or nodding off while driving.