Driver Wellness Blog: Sleep

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 22, 2020 7:46:24 AM / by Deborah Lechner

Possibly the most important fatigue-fighter is good quality sleep. if your drivers are feeling fatigued each morning and throughout the day, a lack of good quality sleep may be the problem. If so, a lack of sleep can contribute to chronic fatigue and exhaustion. In addition, studies have shown that poor sleep quality can contribute to chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease and even shortened life expectancy. And of course, fatigue has immediate risks to your drivers, including impaired driving and other safety concerns.

nullGoing to bed at irregular times, getting less than 7 hours of sleep and tossing and turning throughout the night all contribute to poor sleep. To improve sleep quality and get natural energy, it’s essential to develop better sleep habits. As much as is possible, considering the drivers’ routes and delivery dates, they should try to maintain a consistent bedtime. These habits give them a deeper sleep and they wake up feeling more refreshed and ready for the long drive ahead. There is no better natural energy booster than proper sleep. With better sleep comes greater endurance and higher energy levels.

But getting regular quality sleep is one of the biggest challenges long-haul drivers face. Due to irregular sleep times, noisy truck stops, uncomfortable mattresses, and an unhealthy lifestyle, it’s not a surprise.

So how do your drivers, get better sleep and improve their health and safety – as well as the safety of all those on the road around them? There are many different ways that drivers can improve sleep quality. To promote good sleep and other top wellness strategies among your drivers, download ErgoScience’s newest e-book: Fighting Driver Fatigue: Top 5 Wellness Strategies and share with your drivers.

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Topics: Risk Management, wellness in the workplace, Workplace Wellness

Deborah Lechner

Written by Deborah Lechner

Deborah Lechner, ErgoScience President, combines an extensive research background with 25-plus years of clinical experience. Under her leadership, ErgoScience continues to use the science of work to improve workplace safety, productivity and profitability.