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Sleep Tips for Truck Drivers: Better Sleep on the Road

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If we could go back in time and tell ourselves just how great sleep is, we would’ve happily taken those naps when we were little. As adults, getting good sleep can get a lot tougher. As a truck driver, you spend hours on the road under tight deadlines, so getting quality sleep can be tough.

Without enough sleep you can develop health problems. Here’s why it’s so important to get good sleep and how you can be well-rested before you hit the road.

How Sleep Affects Your Health

Getting good sleep is just as important as eating right and exercising. When you sleep, your body repairs itself and gets you ready for a new day.

Without this recharge, you could experience:

  • Slower reaction times. Definitely not good when you’re behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound truck! This could mean the difference between stopping on time to avoid a car in front of you or a serious accident.
  • A cloudy mind or a bad mood.
  • A weakened immune system. If your body is unable to repair itself, you could increase your risk for developing infections, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
  • An increased appetite, which can lead to overeating and even obesity.

How to Get Good Sleep on the Road

So how can you make sure you’re well-rested and ready to drive? Creating a relaxing bedtime routine and having a quiet and peaceful environment can improve your sleep.

Try these tips for a restful night’s sleep the next time you head to bed.

  • Park your truck in an area that has quiet and safety in mind.
  • Block out all light. Close your curtains and truck shades, or use an eye mask.
  • Use earplugs or a “white noise” machine like a fan to block out noises. Put your phone on ‘do not disturb’ or set your phone to ring only for important contacts to minimize distractions.
  • Keep your cab or bedroom at a temperature that’s comfortable for you.
  • Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillow. Consider upgrading or replacing the mattress in your sleeper if it is old or uncomfortable.

Thanks to our friends from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Higginbotham for the restful tips. Hopefully you’ll find a restful night’s sleep is as easy as closing your eyes.

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