Better Drivers For America
9 Tips For a Better Night Sleep
Updated: Oct 25, 2021
One of the biggest concerns for new truck drivers is, "How do I get good sleep?" This is a valid issue for all new truck drivers getting their Class A CDL. If you asked more experienced Truck Drivers, they would agree that getting sleep can be challenging.
You don't need to know all the effects that lack of sleep can have. Driving fatigued is dangerous. That is why these tips to avoid driving fatigue can help you.
1) Find ways to relax
As drivers, we can see our fair share of excitement throughout the day. From dealing with our driver managers to working with a live load, we can see a lot. We suggest turning off the games and TV at least 30 minutes before you go to bed. Read a book, devotional, or even the United States Constitution!
2) Block out the light
I know it might be difficult depending on the truck, time of day, and sleep situation. Do your best to block the light out. This could come from wearing sleeping masks or getting extra curtains.
3) Be careful about Naps
Do not drive if you are nodding off. If you are too tired to drive then pull off at the next safest rest area. However, be careful not to sleep too long otherwise it might mess with your nightly rhythm.
4) Use earplugs
If you are team driving then the road can get noisy. Having a pair of foam earplugs can be a difference-maker in having a good night's sleep.
5) Slow down on caffeine
We always suggest do not drink any caffeinated or high sugar drinks 3-4 hours before you go to sleep. This is a good rule of thumb whether you are on the road or not. Try green team if you need a little pick-up in the afternoon.
6) Park somewhere quiet
I can already tell some of you truck drivers are rolling your eyes. I know this is not always manageable but if possible, find the parking spot away from the lights and action of the truck stops. As my good friend always said, "Park away from the refrigerated trucks"
7) Weighted Blankets
Try sleeping with a higher-quality pillow and blanket. We have heard a lot of great success coming from those who use a weighted blanket. Try it out!
8) Have a daily routine
Getting good sleep can be as simple as having a few things in your day be constant. Try to find a balance between wake-up times, driving schedules, and meals.
This is one product on the market that we have seen get a lot of attention from drivers. The only problem is there is never any consistency to the ingredients and quality. We have searched many companies and found this product to outperform others in providing you a great night's sleep without adverse effects. They even put a 180-day guarantee behind it.
Now before you buy all the melatonin off the shelves please understand that we are not doctors. Please consult your doctor and driver manager before taking melatonin to see if it is the best fit for you.
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