Being a truck driver means to know very well about messed up sleeping schedules and long days spent by the wheel. Â You get money for how much you work no matter if you are paid by the hour or by the mile. But it is so hard to stay awake and alert sometimes after all the tiresome driving and no proper rest. You have to know the ways to help you stay awake and be more productive, as well as drive safer.
The first piece of advice we can give you is to avoid too much contrast at night because it will make your eyes tired pretty fast. Instead, you can use the soft red light for the interior of your cab and turn the dashboard lights down but make sure there are bright enough for you to see the gauges. Also make sure not to look at the headlight of the oncoming traffic.
Another thing that can help you is staying calm. We all have bad days sometimes. Some things just make us angry creating an emotional reaction. What you have to do is learn to let it go. Anger will wear you off and you will feel tired quicker. It also goes to being over excited. Yes, it is without a doubt a good feeling, but you have to be in control of it.
Remember not to push yourself. Do your best not to get to being exhausted before you can take some rest. The more exhausted you are when you go to sleep, the less awake you will feel when it’s time to get up.
You can also try keep your cab a bit cool. When it is warm, it will more likely make you sleepy. If it is a bit chilly, the temperature will keep you more alert.
Be conscious about the radio. Both silence and music or talk shows can become tiring after a while, so turn your radio off and back on to make sure it doesn’t make you sleepy.
Same goes to coffee. A cup of coffee is a good thing every once in a while, you know it will make you feel good. But go easy on caffeine and energy drinks, it is bad for your health and also will make you feel more tired as a result.
Make sure you eat enough but don’t overeat. You probably know the feeling when you stuff yourself and all you want to do is go to bed and close your eyes.
Get out of your truck as frequently as you can. Take a walk or exercise a bit, get your heart pumping. Constant sitting is good neither for your health nor your alertness.
And of course, don’t forget to sleep! Taking a half an hour nap can make a huge difference and help you be awake much longer. But the main thing: working hard as you do, make sure you still get proper hours of sleep and that you rest well. There is no alternative for sleep, even with all the tricks to keep you awake.