The lifestyle of a truck driver is not an easy one. With the long hours on the road, time spent away from home, and irregular schedule, it can be difficult to get the quality and quantity of sleep your body truly needs. At the same time, it’s especially important for you to be well-rested in this profession, so that you can perform your job safely and function in general to the best of your ability.
So, what can you do as a truck driver to solve this quandary? A good place to start is to try using these tips below to improve your sleep on the road!
1) Block out as much light and noise as possible.
The ideal environment for us humans to get quality sleep is dark and quiet. When you turn off your engine for the night (or day), try to park somewhere as far from people and outside noise as you can. Since this is often not feasible, it’s a good idea to have a white noise machine or some earplugs on hand. For darkness, shades or curtains for your windows and a sunshade for the windshield can make a world of difference. Cover any remaining light from electronics with a towel, shirt, or something similar.
2) Get the cab to a comfortable temperature.
It’s difficult to fall and stay asleep when you’re shivering cold or sweating bullets. Regulate the temperature in your cab with a personal fan or heater, so you can sink into sleep comfortably. Be sure to have plenty of blankets too, as well as sleep clothing for any weather.
3) Try to keep a routine.
Although the hours you drive may vary, establishing some semblance of a bedtime routine can help get your body ready for sleep. Try to do a few of the same tasks before hitting the sheets each night or day, such as reading a book, watching a TV show, or having a snack. Even a simple routine can be useful in signaling to your body that it’s time to start falling asleep.
4) Invest in a high-quality truck mattress.
If you’ve tried all of the tips above and are still struggling to get a good night’s sleep in your truck cab, your mattress may not be providing the support or comfort you need. Upgrading your truck mattress to something that does suit your unique sleep needs, such as something with extra foam support or a plush layer of memory foam on top, can completely transform your sleep experience.
At Replacement Mattress, we offer three different truck mattress models in custom shapes and sizes to suit the needs of any truck cab and its driver. Whether you need extra firmness, extra cushion, or just extra space in the cab, we have a mattress for the job.
Learn more about our replacement truck mattresses on our website and place your order online today!