How to Sleep in a Moving Tractor & Trailer

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Open the window or sleeping vent a bit, or turn the air conditioning vent so that it blows on your face because the effort of keeping your eyes open will encourage sleep.

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Wax ear plugs fit better in the ear than any other kind. Blocking out sudden noises may allow the background noise of the truck's engine to lull you to sleep.

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A sleep mask will help block out any ambient light, such as passing headlights or neon signs. They are available at drug and department stores and online and range from simple satin eye masks which are relatively inexpensive to more sophisticated and expensive molded foam goggles.

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Make sure that you are warm enough. An extra blanket can make all the difference between a good night's sleep and one spent tossing and turning. The extra weight of a heavy blanket may also make you feel more secure and help you relax.

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Invest in a good pillow top foam mattress to put on top of the one that comes with the tractor and trailer. A softer, deeper mattress will soften jolts into gentle rocking.

Tips and Warnings

  • The most important factor in sleeping in a moving tractor and trailer is to trust your partner's driving.
  • Don't ever take sleeping pills to help you sleep while your partner drives.
  • More and more long-distance truckers are turning to team trucking to increase their mileage and their paychecks. In theory one trucker drives while the other sleeps. Unfortunately many long-distance truckers find it hard to sleep in a moving tractor and trailer. The role that driver fatigue plays in tractor and trailer accidents has been hotly contested. Thankfully former President George W. Bush signed the Safe Port Act into law in 2006 to tighten guidelines for commercial vehicle traffic, but common sense tells us that a tired driver is more likely to make more mistakes.