Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas Eve, girls! For me, that means cooking all day, doing the immediate family Christmas Eve dinner, and opening gifts (yes, I am that kid who got to open her presents early), and then being woken up at 6 am on Christmas morning by a little sister dangerously close to learning about Santa.

But while I am home, all nestled into my lovely blankets, many of you will be traveling. Just as a little public service announcement, if you are worried about driving tired, there are resources. Obviously at the top of the list we have: “Don’t drive; stay the night.” But that isn’t always an option.

But if you have to drive after a long day of apple cider and Christmas cheer, do yourself a favor and get a coffee. The caffeine will perk you up for a few hours (gotta love neurotransmitters and the associated chemicals). It takes about half an hour for caffeine to enter your blood stream, so your best bet is to down something caffeinated (sadly, hot chocolate doesn’t really count, so you might be stuck with coffee), take a 20-30 minute power nap, and get driving now that you are all alert and stuff (also a good idea for getting through one of those late-night study sessions).

If you are interested, AAA has more information and tips about drowsy driving.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

-Mariana

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