Friday, 18 March 2016
How to Fight Sleepless Nights and Win!
What’s a trucker’s work schedule?
You’re probably thinking, that’s a joke, right? Work schedule? 9 to 5? What kind of life is that?
Truckers work all hours of the day and the night. One shift might have you driving through the early morning and afternoon. Others have you driving through all hours of the night with the owls.
How is it ever possible to set a sleep schedule for yourself?
And most importantly, how do you fight those nights where you lay in your cab, struggling to fall asleep?
We’ve got the answers.
We can help you fight those sleepless nights, those irregular sleep schedules—and win.
Find out how!
One of the best ways to fall asleep when you’re struggling is to listen to relaxing music.
Studies show that people who listen to calm and soft music doze off faster, and actually have improved sleep quality.
Download a couple tunes, whether that’s soundtracks or Celtic music, and relax your mind.
Let us know how you feel when you wake up. It will be the best sleep you’ve had on the road—we bet on it.
Give Yourself an Hour
An hour before you need to go to sleep, start relaxing.
Sleep experts agree that you cannot will yourself to fall asleep—sleep is not a lightswitch.
I know, I know. Powering down an hour before you usually would crawl into bed is asking a lot. But would you rather spend an hour before bed, relaxing your mind, or when you’re supposed to be sleeping?
That’s what we thought!
You can break up the power-down hour into 20 minute increments. The first 20 minutes exercise, do any chores, finish up any paperwork. The second 20 minutes take a shower, eat, and get ready for bed. And the last 20 minutes crawl into bed and listen to music.
What if you’ve done everything we’ve suggested so far, but nothing seems to be working. What should you do then?
Count backwards. Yeah, quite the challenge, isn’t it?
I’m sure you’ve heard of counting sheep, but I want you to count them backwards.
When you try to do something before bed, like math, it helps distract you from the worries of the day, and put you to sleep faster.
And for those of you math wizards out there, count back from 300 in multiples of three. It’s what sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD suggests to all of his patients who suffer from sleepless nights.
Drink Cherry Juice
Some of you out there might be saying, “Forget these suggestions. Just drink alcohol.”
Sure, alcohol might help you fall asleep, but it doesn’t keep you asleep.
Cherry juice does both!
This juice is high in melatonin, the beautiful little hormone that regulates your body’s sleep cycle.
So put the bottle down and grab yourself some cherry juice, twice a day. You’ll fall asleep faster and stay asleep.
Keep it Cool
Do you struggle to sleep when it’s hot? There’s a reason for that!
For optimal sleep, the room temperature needs to be between 60 to 68 degrees. Recent studies showed that people who wore sleep caps designed to lower their body temperature fell asleep faster than the participants who don’t suffer from any sleep issues.
When you sleep in a cool room, your brain’s metabolic activity reduces and helps you enjoy sleep a little faster.
Alright, Sandman; let’s go! Truckers, if you struggle to fall asleep, give these simple remedies a try and let us know how they work for you. Tell us your experience in the comment section below or share it with us on your Facebook page.