Trucking can be a tiring gig, especially due to the long hours and unorthodox sleep schedules. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do before you embark to feel refreshed and get the energy you need for a safe and pleasant drive.
1) Create a bedtime routine.
Your bedtime routine doesn’t have to be super structured, but a few minor changes to your evening could make a major difference the next morning. Try committing to a time to be in bed that allows you 7-8 hours of sleep, avoiding any bright screens before bedtime, exercising daily, and laying off the caffeine for at least 6 hours before you go to sleep.
2) Take care of yourself.
Eating healthy and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day can support better sleep. By taking care of your health, you’ll have more energy and boost your mood, reducing your risk of anxiety and depression.
3) Stay hydrated.
Dehydration is a prominent cause of sleepiness and lack of energy. Drinking water an hour before bed and as soon as you wake can help you get a better night’s rest and feel refreshed in the morning.
4) Avoid hitting the snooze button.
As much as this habit may be hard to break, it’s one you may not want to ignore. Researchers have found this habit to cause sleep fragmentation, hindering your daytime performance and function. Try using apps that monitor your sleep and wake you after your REM state or try putting your alarm at a distance so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
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