Age and workload contribute to that worn-out feeling many commercial or owner operator truck drivers have near the end of the day. But there could be another reason for this sluggishness, or at least another contributing factor: your body isn’t “running” at its peak efficiency. You already know that your truck engine needs proper maintenance for optimal performance. The same is true of your body, which is basically a biological machine. That fatigue you feel everyday could be nothing more than a simple maintenance problem. Here are five suggestions to remedy this:
Just as you must keep an eye on your truck’s fluid levels and add when needed, you have to do the same with your body. In this case however, you only have one fluid to worry about, so it should be easy. After working outside in the heat, don’t forget to replace the lost water with a cool glass of water. Do the same in the morning after getting out of bed. Your body hasn’t had any fluid intake all night and requires water.
What happens to a truck if you let it sit in a lot for years without using it? It probably won’t start. Likewise, your body requires exercise to function efficiently. Make exercise a part of your day. Go for a walk or run during your break. Do this everyday. When the weather is bad, do calisthenics in your sleeper or in some other indoor space.
Get Quality Sleep
A long fitful night isn’t quality sleep. There is no detail too small when it comes to sleeping well. Make sure your sleeper is dark and quiet, your mattress is comfortable, and you haven’t done anything that will interfere with sound sleep. Before going to bed, avoid exercise, cold showers, stimulants, or any activity that causes your mind or heart rate to race.
Don’t Skip Any Meals, Especially Breakfast
If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t do it by skipping meals. Instead, eat three meals of healthy food (stay away from sugary food), and get exercise to burn off the calories. Breakfast is the worst meal to skip because you haven’t eaten anything during your 8 hours of sleep, which means you’re running on empty in the morning.
Reduce Your Caffeine Intake
MayoClinic says that an adult shouldn’t drink more than four cups of coffee per day. Too much will cause migraine headache, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, restlessness, frequent urination or inability to control urination, stomach upset, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors.
None of these effects are good for your well-being and insomnia isn’t quality sleep, which you must have. Try reducing your intake to less than four cups. The less you drink, the more effective a cup of coffee becomes when you need it the most.
In addition to your health needs, don’t forget about your insurance. If you require commercial or owner operator truck insurance in Iowa, please contact us at J.E.B. Insurance Services.