By: Sam Fisher
Getting a good night’s sleep is a priority for many people, but most people tend to sleep in familiar surroundings where getting to sleep is little trouble. The opposite can be said of truckers.
Pulling in at the side of a busy road means a constant roar of traffic, or stopping at a services means an endless stream of other motorists coming and going.
The isolation of a truck cab may help reduce some of the noise, but with these tips your cabin can soon become your very own land of slumber:
- Avoid Stimulants
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s best to avoid stimulants like sugar or caffeine, for at least four hours before planning on going to bed. Coffee and energy drinks might be a good way to pick yourself up on a morning, but drinking them on an evening will have you buzzing round your cabin like an excited bumblebee and getting to sleep will be harder than hauling hummingbirds on a flatbed.
Stimulants are not only bad for your sleep, but they can also be bad for your health in large quantities. By reducing the amount of stimulants in your diet and replacing them with foods that release their energy over a longer period, such as wholegrain breads and pasta, as well as lean meats like chicken and beef. These foods will help you feel better, as well as reducing the difficulty you may have sleeping.
- Drown out the Sound
No matter how tired you are feeling the constant hum of the road will make it difficult for anyone to fall asleep; and even if you do find yourself drifting off one unexpected horn will wake you faster than a well-rested driver making his way cross-country. One of the easiest ways to reduce the volume of these disturbances is get a pair of soundproof earplugs; they can greatly reduce the volume of the environment but some people find them uncomfortable and find it difficult to sleep while wearing them.
An alternative to wearing earplugs is listening to white noise while trying to fall asleep. White noise tracks can be found on the internet, but a lot of people find listening to classical music or something chilled out works too. After a while of listening to this calming music your brain blocks out the sounds and dulls your senses to other noises, but if the music is too stimulating it can make it even harder to get to sleep.
- Get “Comfy”
This may be difficult at first, especially if you’re traveling in a smaller truck, but getting comfortable is vital for helping you fall asleep. There are a number of ways to help you get comfy, but the most important is to make sure you have a suitable pillow. Pillow choice is a matter of personal preference, as they come in wide range of thickness and density.
It’s best to try a few different pillows out to determine which one you prefer and what material works best for you; whether that is polyester filled, feather stuffed, or memory foam. If you’re having back or neck problems it may be time for you to visit a doctor, as an orthopedic pillow may help alleviate some of these problems. A good pillow that suits you is first step to getting comfy and will help you fall into a natural deep sleep.
With these tips hopefully you can get a better night’s sleep, and feel better through out the day.
Sam Fisher provided this post on behalf of Teletrac, a company specializing in fleet tracking technology.
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