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A Way to Combat Lack of Sleep: Nap

August 19, 1994

Your June 21 article, "Workers' Restoration," was one of several recent media reports on the serious consequences of lack of sleep in the workplace and elsewhere.

The problem became a frightening reality to me last fall when I dozed off while driving home from the office. Fortunately, the lane divider bumps jarred me back to consciousness as I began to veer into another lane, and no one was driving next to me.

I then devised a strategy to preclude a recurrence of this near-accident: Before driving home, I put my car seat in the recline position and take about a 15-minute nap. Although I really don't fall fully asleep, this mini-respite from the day's labors is just enough to restore my alertness for the road. Since then, I have never had a recurrence and am also less tired in the evenings once I arrive home.

BENJAMIN J. HUBBARD

Costa Mesa

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