This simple phrase can save your life.
But what does it mean? While sleep is often not on the top of many people's agenda, the importance of healthy sleeping can hardly be understated. Nor can the dangers of drowsiness in many everyday situations.
If you haven't yet come to understand that point from the other information on this site, take it from a few more people in the video below:
When sleep is not sufficiently obtained, the lack of it accumulates as a person's sleep debt. A high sleep debt will not only decrease one's efficiency and capabilities throughout the day, but it can also be extremely dangerous while performing everyday tasks, such as driving.
Too many people are dying sleep-related deaths, but there are obvious and clear measures that can be taken to prevent them.
The first is to get a basic understanding of how sleep works. Sleep is such an essential part of our lives...we practice it every single night (hopefully!). So shouldn't it also be an essential thing to know about? Well the fact is that right now in our society it's not really regarded as such. You can change all that for yourself by going through our Sleep Essentials Mini-Guide (There you will find our sleep knowledge "crash course." Or should I say "prevent crash course!").
Drowsiness Is Red Alert! is a key-in phrase that really does have the potential to save your life. Once you understand the purpose of the phrase it can leap into your mind in times of unwanted and dangerous drowsiness and trigger an alert mechanism that will help you stay safe and awake.
To explain another way, consider this scenario: You're driving home from school/work/vacation/whatever and it is late. You've had a long day and you are fatigued. Your friends and family may even be with you. You start to feel drowsy and your eyelids become a bit heavy, a situation which has led to the death of thousands of people in the past.
Suddenly, you remember--Drowsiness Is Red Alert! and you get a quick bit of alertness, enough to lead you to realize that you need to pull over, and enough to save your friends', your family's and your own lives.
Drowsiness Is Red Alert! It's a simple phrase, but it can save lives.
In addition, what will help even more is learning the basics about sleep. This simple knowledge can change your life. It honestly can play an enormous role in helping to make you a happier, more creative, and more productive person, even if you already possess those three characteristics.
Sleep is a vital part of your existence--it consumes about one whole third of your life! So let's learn a few things about it. We'll progress in steps, and before you know it you'll be sleepwalking! In a good way. Ready?
Go check out the Sleep Essentials Mini-Guide. It's a definite high-priority read out of all the information on this site. If you'd rather learn more about transportation and sleep specifically before or after the mini-guide, you can do so here.
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Welcome! This site is continuously being created by students of Dr. William C. Dement's Sleep And Dreams course at Stanford University.
We made this site as a call to action for people all over the world to live healthier, happier, safer, and more productive lives by learning about their own sleep. We have faith that reading the information provided on this site will motivate you to be smart about your sleep deprivation and strategic about your alertness in order to live life to your fullest, most energetic potential.
In fact, we challenge you to do so! What do you say, are you up for the challenge?
Dr. Dement's pioneering textbook has been the core text for Sleep and Dreams since 1980, but it has just recently been made available to the wider public for the first time.
In it you'll find a more detailed account of the most important things you need to know about sleep, alertness, dreams, and sleep disorders. Studies, statistics, plus plenty of Dr. Dement's classic anecdotes painting the history of sleep medicine.
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In 2007 I discovered a guide to website building that would change my life. After learning from it diligently, it would eventually empower me to help Dr. Dement take his life's mission of spreading education about sleep health to the online world. Now, several years later, this site reaches over 100,000 visitors per month and counting.
The results are due in large part to the methods taught in that guide, and they are replicable for others who have knowledge of a subject they would like to share with the masses. I've detailed some of my journey here for those who might be interested.
The information found on this page and throughout this site is intended for general information purposes only. While it may prove useful and empowering, it is NOT intended as a substitute for the expertise and judgments of healthcare practitioners.
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