Driving at night can be really difficult. The monotony; the gradual increase in sleepiness as bedtime comes and passes; the other passengers reminding you with each snore of what you’d much rather be doing instead of sitting behind the wheel.
Keeping yourself from falling asleep while driving can be a huge challenge. Driving while sleepy is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents, and even brief lapses of attention can have catastrophic results.
Some drivers, finding themselves starting to doze off, choose simply to pull over and take a nap (which may be the best solution). Others consume caffeine, which, while effective, can wear off quickly.
A new study published this month by group of French and Swedish scientists offers new hope to people who struggle to stay awake while driving at night. The researchers conducted an experiment to see whether exposure to blue-spectrum light while driving might help drivers maintain alertness while driving at night. Light, and especially blue-spectrum light, has a potent effect on the brain, sending a message that it’s still daytime, and waking it up