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Never Fall Asleep On The Wheel Again

Never Fall Asleep On The Wheel Again

Every day, hundreds of millions of people drive their cars for long and short distances. But how many of these drivers have stopped to consider how dangerous it is to drive while being tired?

The truth is, very few people think driving while tired is a big risk. However, statistics show that it is very dangerous – in fact, almost as dangerous as driving drunk. (Accidents caused by drowsy drivers lead to 30,000 deaths every year.)

While driving in a drowsy state, the driver is highly vulnerable to something called micro-sleep.

Micro-sleep can last for up to 30 seconds, and when it occurs, the driver is unconscious and does not respond to any environmental sensors, including sound or light. Micro-sleep is often a result of sleep deprivation, but can also occur while driving monotonously for a long time.

Is there a way to prevent micro-sleep?

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Meet the Device That Could Save Your Life

    Steer is a unique bracelet that will help prevent you from falling asleep behind the wheel.

    How does it do this? Well, Steer detects the level of your drowsiness by analyzing your heart rate and skin conductance, and then warns you when you’re close to sleeping.

    The real magic of Steer, is that it prevents you from experiencing micro-sleep at the very first signs of tiredness. This makes you much safer on the road. At the smallest sign of drowsiness, Steer will warn you with a vibration and a mild electric shock. These warnings will be just enough to keep you from falling asleep – and will help you avoid loss of control of your vehicle.

    However, Steer is not just a warning device, it can actually wake you up if you do suddenly fall asleep.

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    Who’s the device aimed at? It’s designed for all drivers and everyone who suffers from sleep deprivation from time to time.

    Steer to the Rescue

    Steer offers guaranteed protection from sleep.

    This alone is enough to provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones. But let’s take a few minutes to explore the full features of Steer, and how the device works to keep you conscious at all times.

    The first thing you need to know about Steer – is that it’s very easy to use. (You certainly won’t need a doctorate in technology to use the device!)

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      Despite its ease of use, however, it’s worth understanding how Steer works. This can be explained in five steps:

      1. Sixteen highly sensitive sensors measure your heart rate and skin conductance.
      2. Upon first being switched on, Steer spends a minute analyzing your normal heart rate and skin conductance. It then refers to these indicators to determine whether or not you are becoming drowsy.
      3. Steer assesses your condition every two seconds, and when it detects a decrease in your heart rate by 10 units, it will warn you with strong vibration and a yellow light.
      4. If your heart rate decreases by three more units, your skin conductance will also decrease. This means that you’re edging closer to sleep. At this point, Steer will wake you up with a gentle electric shock.
      5. As a result of the yellow light, vibration and gentle electric shock, the levels of serotonin, noradrenaline, and cortisol in your body will increase, and the level of sleeping hormone melatonin will decrease. These changes will help you feel fresher and less drowsy, as well as returning your heart rate to normal.

        So, whether you’re hitting the road for long journeys to a different city or state, or simply making short journeys to work in the morning, Steer is the perfect companion to keep you awake at all times during your drive.

        What Users Have to Say

        Users of Steer love the fact that the device is guaranteed to keep them awake while driving. By wearing the device, drivers feel safe in the knowledge that if they feel drowsy – Steer will prevent them from nodding off.

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        One user said:

        “I hear a lot of sad stories about accidents caused by sleeping behind the wheel, would recommend Steer to every driver.”

        Safer Driving Is Within Reach

        If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll know that there have been plenty of times when you’ve been driving while feeling tired. Probably, you tried to counter the fatigue by doing things like:

        • Drinking coffee
        • Drinking energy drinks
        • Listening to loud music
        • Smoking

        Unfortunately, none of these methods are guaranteed to keep you awake. And of course, consumption of caffeine, sugar and nicotine can be harmful to your body.

        Compared to the above methods, which are commonly used to stave off drowsiness, Steer is safer, more effective and more reliable. In fact, Steer will wake you up better than 2-3 cups of coffee or cans of energy drink. Steer also has no negative impacts on your health.

        Every Steer bracelet comes with a charging cable, instruction booklet and sticker. If you’re interested in purchasing a Steer bracelet, you can register your interest on their Kickstarter campaign page. Prices start from €89.

        Steer is a truly revolutionary product. One that can reduce road accidents and save lives. Perhaps one day cars will have drowsiness detectors built in, but for now, Steer is the best way to keep yourself awake behind the wheel.

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        Last Updated on December 30, 2018

        18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

        18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

        No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

        If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

        But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

        Let’s dive straight into the list…

        1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

          If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

          Download Rescue Time

          2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

            If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

            Download Remember the Milk

            3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

              This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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              Download Focus Booster

              4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

                This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

                Download Toggl

                5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

                  There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

                  Download Dropbox

                  6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

                    Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

                    Download Evernote

                    7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                      Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                      Download Mind42

                      8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                        This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                        Download SnycBackFree

                        9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                          Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                          Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                          10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                            This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                            Download 1Password

                            11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                              When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                              Download Pocket

                              12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                                This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                                Download [email protected]

                                13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                                  This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                                  Download Launchy

                                  14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                                    This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                    Download Forest

                                    15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                      This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                      Download Trello

                                      16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                        Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                        Download Wunderlist

                                        17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                          This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                          Download Time Tree

                                          18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                            Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                            Download Todoist

                                            The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                            Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

                                            40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone and 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management

                                            More Recommended Productivity Experts on Lifehack

                                            • Leon Ho — The Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he share productivity hacks to make life easier
                                            • Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
                                            • Mark Pettit — A Business Coach for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to achieve more by working less

                                            Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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