What Are Some Helpful Tips for Healthy Sleeping for Truck Drivers?
As long as the human race has been able to contemplate its conscious existence – admittedly a wearisome endeavor – it has also sought to comprehend the flip-side of our waking life: Sleep.
And that strange time of sleep, while so necessary for health and well-being, has provoked some of history’s most unique and sometimes absolutely absurd insights into the human condition.
But we at iGlobal LLC understand that some supposedly big thinkers in this world want to explore why we sleep, most of us – including truck drivers – are interested in only one thing: How do we get better sleep?
For truck drivers, especially those in the business of long hauling, obtaining sleep that refreshes can be challenging. Creating the ideal environment conducive to good rest is not easy. Scenery changes; situations can disrupt the normal cycle of life. And lack of sleep tends to throw everything in our lives slightly out of line.
The Mayo Clinic offers eight tips for better sleep:
- Watch your watch: Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time, including on the weekend. A consistent sleep schedule establishes your body’s sleep cycle.
- Watch what you gobble: Don’t eat before you go to bed and don’t go to bed hungry. And watch what you drink – and how much – before going to bed.
- Do the ritual: That is, do the same thing every night before snoozing. That might include taking a shower, reading a book, listening to music. Turn off electronic gadgets, including TV.
- Relax, dude: Create an area – ideally, your bedroom – that’s conducive for sleep. It should be cool, dark and quiet. Although the feel of your bed is subjective, find what suits your particular preferences.
- Rise and shine: No naps. But if you do, limit them to under 30 minutes in the mid afternoon.
- Get a move on, buster: Exercise every day. Physical activity promotes better and better sleep. But don’t exert yourself too close to bedtime.
- Take it easy: Watch your stress levels. An overactive brain makes sleep difficult. To reduce stress, you can take steps to get your life more organized. Set priorities and delegate tasks. Allow yourself to take it easy every once in a while. Laugh with a friend. Write down your thoughts before bedtime and set your notes aside for the next day.
- Doctor, doctor. Give me the news: Nearly everyone suffers occasionally from lack of sleep. But if you have trouble often getting to sleep, set an appointment with your doctor.
We hope you found these tips helpful. Do you have other tips you’d like to share? Send them to us. We’d love to hear them.
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