This Truck Driver Appreciation Week, we want to thank truck drivers for being the superheroes you are. You work day and night to make sure that load gets delivered on time. But truck drivers are human just like all of us, and it’s important that you get enough sleep, so I put together a list of six tips to help you get a good night’s rest in your truck.
- Eat small meals before bed. If you eat a super heavy meal, it will take longer to digest, and this could keep you awake. Not to mention the heartburn and indigestion it can cause.
- Block out all light. Get some curtains for your windows, a sunshade for your front dash, and if you still can’t block all the outside light, try an eye mask. I know it sounds all girly, but there are many types you can choose from. There are standard ones, ones that cool your eyes, and even ones that will play music and block out noise for you, too (if you can’t find a quiet spot to park).
- Have a routine. I know there’s no such thing as “routine” in the trucking industry and sometimes your schedule can be unpredictable, but if you do the same ACTIVITIES immediately before you sleep, you’ll prime your body to be ready to doze off. Think of what you do when you’re at home. Eat a small meal, take a shower, watch some TV or read a book, then go to bed. Your body will naturally begin to rest no matter what time of day when you prime it for sleep.
- Establish a good temperature for your truck. Everyone has that perfect temperature that they sleep best at. Being the right temperature at night could help improve the quality of your sleep.
- Communication is key. Let people know when you think your sleep schedule will be. If you need to get some sleep at an unusual time, let your dispatcher know so they don’t call about the most amazing load ever and disturb you during your sleep. The same goes for any family and friends who frequently reach out to you.
Whatever helps you sleep better, make sure you’re prioritizing sleep to keep yourself healthy and to keep your risk of a drowsy driving accident down. Wishing you all a happy Truck Driver Appreciation Week!