As every long-haul trucker’s loved one knows, sleep can be hard to get on the road. Here are seven tips to help improve your driver’s sleep:
- Avoid difficult or confrontational phone conversations before bedtime. Getting upset right before trying to fall asleep can lead to a very long night of insomnia.
- Make sure the truck has a good mattress, a comfortable pillow and blankets that match the season.
- White noise and meditation apps can help with sounds outside the cab. Help your loved one find an app that helps at home, and the same app will probably help while on the road.
- Be sure the sleeping area has effective black out curtains.
- A weighted blanket helps some people sleep better. Just make sure your loved one doesn’t have any health conditions that make using one inadvisable.
- If your driver snores, sleep apnea may be a problem. Encourage your driver to get checked out by a healthcare provider if he or she is “sawing logs”.
- Work together to plan for a healthy “on the road” diet. High-fat, high-salt foods, caffeinated drinks and unhealthy snacks undermine sleep as well as overall fitness.