Why is Driver Rest So Important
Proper rest is important to all humans for good health, but for a truck driver, rest is also necessary for safety on our highways. For this reason there has been
sleep studies done on drivers.
During sleep our bodies recuperate from the days activities. Physical and mental exertion is taxing. Obviously, sleep is utmost important in order to maintain good health. Sleep studies show that the right amount of sleep will vary from person to person but it is usually between 7 and 9 hours. Too much can cause problems and tool little can cause problems. Here are some specific benefits or getting the right amount of rest.
- better learning and memory capabilities
- more effective immune systems
- more alert when well rested
- clearer thinking
- helps reduces stress
- reduces your risk for depression
- increases ability to focus
As you can see it is very important to do what you can to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. We all know that this can be difficulty at times for truck drivers. Especially if you end up at a company that does not value the driver properly. If a trucking company is forcing you to drive without the proper amount of rest, there are ways measure that can be taken and laws in place keeping you from being punished if you are reporting legitimate acts.
How to report unsafe trucking company
We are not talking about you not being able to sleep until 10 every morning or you always being tired and you just want to sleep.
Here are some tips for getting more sleep.
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