Fighting Driver Fatigue: Top 5 Wellness Strategies: Eat, Drink and Be Healthy

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 5, 2020 7:31:17 AM / by Deborah Lechner


Reduce Fatigue with food?

At first glance it seems too simplistic. Can eating the right foods really affect driver fatigue? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Eating the right food is essential not just to a driver’s overall health but to energy levels as well. If drivers eat too much of the wrong foods, on the other hand, they’ll fatigue much more quickly.

What’s right vs. wrong? To maximize a driver’s energy and minimize fatigue, it’s important to avoid sugary foods that cause a blood sugar spike, resulting in the inevitable crash and low energy and sleepiness. Natural energy foods are high in protein and fat content and low in sugar - which means they are absorbed slowly by the body and give a driver longer- lasting energy.

Many assume that it’s impossible to get the “right foods” at a truck stop. But actually, there are some more healthy options. And yes, they are available at 
truck stops.

Not only is a driver’s diet an important fatigue fighter, fluid intake can impact fatigue as well. Especially, if a driver starts to feel tired around the same time each day, it could be due to dehydration. Dehydration is a common cause of fatigue and headaches. Our bodies are mainly composed of water. Dehydration affects metabolism, leading to a sluggish and tired feeling.

To get the latest advice on healthy truck stop eating and drinking, download our latest ebook: Fighting Driver Fatigue: Top 5 Wellness Strategies for your drivers and keep them on the road to healthy living and less fatigue.


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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.