The Importance of Sleep for Truck Drivers
Driving a truck is a very demanding job and often requires long hours of driving. Because truck drivers are on a 24/7 schedule, they are usually on the road for long periods of time and at night, affecting their sleep quality.
Lack of sleep makes it more difficult to meet the demands of the job and increases your risk for drowsy driving and vehicle crashes. Good sleep is as important as proper nutrition and exercise. While you are sleeping, your body is repairing wear and tear and getting you in shape for a new day.
Creating a relaxing bedtime routine along with a good sleep environment can help improve your sleep. Here’s how you can prepare for a better sleep.
Quick Sleep Tips for Truck Drivers:
Avoid before bedtime:
- Heavy or spicy meals (2-3 hours before bed)
- Liquids (to avoid getting up to use the bathroom)
- Caffeine – this can help you stay awake while driving, however can affect yoru body for 5 or more hours so plan your intake so that it does not prevent you from getting a good sleep
- Nicotine and other stimulants
- Exposure to light from electronics
Do before bedtime:
- Explain to family, friends, an dispatchers the importance of your sleep. Ask them not to disturb you when you are sleeping to minimize disruptions
- Driving a truck is a stressful, demanding job. Follow a relaxing routine within an hour or more of bedtime. This will signal your brain that it is time to sleep. Brushing your teeth, washing your face, and getting undressed for bed will help you relax and fall asleep.
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