Fatigue Trucking

NIOSH shares sleep tips for truck drivers

Washington – NIOSH on Aug. 19 released a brochure with advice on how truck drivers can achieve better sleep while on the road or at home.

The brochure shares information on preparation for better sleep and sleep disorders, as well as additional resources.

Inadequate sleep increases the risk of drowsy driving and crashes, the brochure states. Most people need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. NIOSH advises drivers to schedule their stops and sleep breaks during their usual sleep times.

Most crashes involving drowsy driving occur during the hours of 4-6 a.m., midnight to 2 a.m., and 2-4 p.m., according to NIOSH.

The brochure includes the following tips:

  • Park in a safe place that is quiet.
  • Block out light with curtains, truck shades or an eye mask.
  • Block out noise with earplugs or a fan. Silence cell phones.
  • Keep the cab or bedroom cool.
  • Before bedtime, avoid heavy or spicy meals, liquids, caffeine, nicotine and other stimulants, and light from electronics.
  • Ask others not to disturb you before bedtime. Follow a relaxing routine.