Fatigue is one of the top enemies of professional truck and bus drivers, and the consequences of not getting enough sleep can be dire. To promote better road safety for all, CDL drivers need to make getting enough quality sleep a top priority. Here are some tips to help you meet your sleep quota.
When it’s time to get some shut-eye, you should park in a safe location, preferably away from major sources of noise. Use ear plugs if you feel comfortable sleeping in them, or consider making space for a white noise machine. A small desk fan can serve as a white noise machine. Remember to silence your cellphone. Block out all light sources too. Either use an eye mask or place a blackout curtain across your sleeper berth. Use an alarm clock that doesn’t have illuminated numbers.
You’ll spend a lot of time in your sleeping berth, so make it as comfortable as possible. Replace the mattress if it’s uncomfortable, or add a high-quality mattress topper. Invest in a pillow that offers good support and cushioning. Keep the cab temperature comfortably cool.
Prepare for Quality Sleep
The routine you use before bedtime can be just as important as your sleeping environment. At least an hour or two before bed, avoid anything with a screen. The light from electronics can disrupt your body’s natural circadian rhythm, which interferes with quality sleep. Caffeine can affect your body for five-plus hours after drinking it, so try to avoid coffee later in the day. Avoid stimulants like nicotine, and opt for a light dinner instead of a heavy or spicy meal.
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