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Flat Tires
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On any given day you see them – people young and old, male and female, students and professionals, broken down on the side of the road. Some have their sleeves rolled up prying a greasy jack and spare tire out of its dusty compartment. Others stand forlorn next to their vehicles, cell phone in hand, waiting anxiously for help to arrive. We’ve all been there if we’ve driven for any length of time – victims of the dreaded flat tire.

Did you know this scenario may soon become a thing of the past? Although not widely available yet, “run-flat tires” are a newly invented safety feature that allows you to drive on a flat for up to 50 miles at 55 m.p.h. Because these new tires provide more steering control when they are punctured, it will no longer be necessary to immediately pull over to the side of the road when the rubber is ruptured. Rather than careening to a screeching halt on a busy freeway, or being stranded after dark, the driver of these tires may continue safely down the road to a repair shop, or their own driveway.

When sleepy, tired or exhausted, do you say to your body, “Run flat tire?” Many of us do. In fact, statistics show that rest and sleep in today’s world are not as highly valued as they were in generations past. On the average, people are now getting about 20% less sleep than a few decades ago.

Doing Too Much

When we are tired and need rest or sleep, some of the ways we say, “Run flat tire” include the following: eating, drinking caffeinated beverages, watching late night TV, surfing the net, and over working. Like a pokey horse, we whip ourselves into doing more.

But, not without consequences. Falling asleep on the job, or behind the wheel, inability to concentrate, low productivity, mental inefficiency, a compromised immune system and depression are just some of the consequences of sleep deprivation. The National Transportation and Safety Administration estimates that over 100,000 traffic accidents annually are caused by sleep deprived drivers in the U.S.

God programmed into our bodies an innate discernment to know when to stop and rest. When we listen and yield to these messages rather than overriding them, we will be happier, healthier and more productive.

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