Sleep Habits

Woman Sleeping

Driving a truck for a living and working irregular hours puts a tremendous burden on the body and makes getting quality sleep a challenge. This can be overcome by recognizing the hazards that disrupt your body’s normal circadian rhythm. Try developing healthy sleep habits that can increase your amount of quality sleep, improve your health, and help you avoid fatigued driving.

Recognize the Hazards


  • Uncomfortable bed/pillow
  • Inoperable C-PAP device
  • Broken heater/air conditioner
  • Exterior noise
  • Interruptions (ex. phone calls, texts, etc.)
  • Unsafe location
  • Daylight
  • Adverse weather or other stressful delays
  • Varying sleep periods
  • Time change

Personal behaviors

  • Sleeping disorder
    • Obstructive sleep apnea
    • Restless leg syndrome
    • Narcolepsy
    • Insomnia
  • Obesity
  • Drinking alcohol, caffeine, and other fluids before bedtime
  • Smoking or consuming stimulants
  • Eating unhealthy foods
  • Watching electronics
  • Illness (ex. congestion)

Know the Defense


  • If overweight or obese, consult your physician to develop an exercise plan to help lose weight
  • Exercise daily to help reduce stress

Talk to your doctor

  • Participate in a sleep study to determine if you have a sleeping disorder
  • Develop a healthy eating plan

Pre-sleep routine

  • Avoid the following at least one hour before bedtime:
    • Eating heavy or spicy foods
    • Drinking excessive fluids that would cause you to have to get up and use the restroom
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Consuming nicotine, caffeine, or stimulants
  • Use a blackout curtain to create a dark sleeping environment
  • Wear a blackout mask
  • Wear ear plugs to block out unwanted noise
  • Listen to white noise
  • Keep your C-PAP device clean, sized correctly, and in proper working order

Note: These lists are not intended to be all-inclusive.


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