We've all been there: it's just you, the open road, and anything you can think of to keep you awake during your long ride home. Sleep-deprived driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, but many people do it anyway, trusting the old standbys of an open window and loud music to keep them alert. Well, science has bad news: neither of those fixes do you any good.
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