Tips to Sleep Better on the Road as a Truck Driver

As a truck driver, you may spend days on the road before you are able to get home. Because of this, many truck drivers spend nights sleeping in the cab of their truck. Though it is not the same as your own bed, you need to find ways to get a good night of sleep every night. You need to be able to focus on the road every day. 

Struggling to sleep every night? Here are some tips to help. 

Find a way to move during the day. Though you are going to be spending hours behind the wheel every day, it helps to find a way to move a little bit before you go to bed. Take short walks when your truck is being unloaded. If you get out to use the bathroom, walk a little extra in order to help you get your body moving. You might want to do some push-ups or squats while you are waiting around. All these little things will add up and help you feel more ready to go to bed at night. 

Get a good mattress. If the mattress in your cab isn’t good quality, you might want to invest in a new one. If you can’t afford to do that, you may just want to add a memory foam pad on top of your mattress. This will really help you get comfortable quick, which will help you sleep well at night. If you aren’t comfortable, you are going to struggle to fall asleep (and stay that way). 

Stay away from caffeine. Many people struggle to sleep if they drink (or eat) too much caffeine. You may want to limit the amount of caffeine that you drink after a certain time, depending on when you are going to sleep. Many people recommend stopping caffeine for at least six hours before it is time to close your eyes. 

Choose a safe place to sleep. It isn’t always easy to find a good place to sleep out on the road. You aren’t going to want to just pull off of the side of the road and expect to sleep. The noise of the traffic will keep you awake, and it isn’t very safe. Instead, you should try to find a parking space where you can safely sleep. You may park at a truck stop, though you may prefer to sleep in parking lots away from all the traffic. 

Don’t be afraid to use earplugs if the noise gets to you. You should always travel with ear plugs and a face mask to help you sleep. You may also want to get a noise machine so that you are listening to soothing noises instead of traffic. 

If you want to get a good night of sleep, you need to find ways to exercise during the day. This may be just a simple walk around the truck when you are stopped. A good mattress can also help. You might want to invest in a new mattress or just a topper to make sure that you can get comfortable and stay that way all night long. 

It also helps to find a safe place to sleep. If you are worried about your location, you aren’t going to be able to stay asleep. Instead, you will wake up every time that you hear a noise. Make sure that you find a truck stop or a parking lot where you can safely park for a few hours while you rest. You may need to invest in some ear plugs and face mask in order to help you sleep. 

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David Ott

David Ott