Heavy mileage means truck drivers are 86% more likely to experience insufficient sleep

No matter what you do for a living, a good night’s sleep is essential. Even more so if you’re a lorry driver, as sleep deprived driving has similar effects as drunk driving. Select Car Leasing’s study found that truck drivers are 86% more likely to experience insufficient sleep while being out on the road.

Irregular sleep schedules, noisy lorry stops and an inability to switch off can mean that it’s near impossible for drivers to get a sound sleep before they start working again.

Truckers often fall victim to a lack of healthy options at service stations on the road and a severe lack of exercise. According to Select Car Leasing’s study, their increased mileage puts them at a 78% higher risk of obesity.


  1. Challenge what is preventing you from sleep

As possibly one of the biggest contributors of a poor quality of life, it’s essential for truckers to get the recommended 7-8 hours.

High-quality ear plugs and mattress pads are essential for a sound sleep. Sunshades can block out any unwanted light and you can minimise any outdoor noise by downloading a white noise app to play while you sleep.

  1. Stock up on healthier choices

Meal prep is a driver’s best resource for staying healthy. Investing in a car refrigerator means you can keep healthy, veg-packed meals cool.

Having breakfast and protein bars stocked are easy for on-the-road snacks and prevent drivers from reaching for less healthy options like crisps, pastries and chocolate.

  1. Move more on breaks

Moving more doesn’t have to involve a HIIT workout. When you’re living a sedentary lifestyle, even something as simple as going for a long walk during rest periods can make the difference.

Fitting in exercise before working has even been linked to increased alertness and a better quality of sleep.

  1. Stay in touch with family and friends

Being away from family and friends can be one of the biggest challenges that lorry drivers face. Schedule in time to talk to your spouse, children, or parents so matter where you are you’re still keeping in touch with those significant to you.

  1. Bring a hobby with you

Hobbies are so beneficial for relaxing and de-stressing after a long day behind the wheel. Whether it’s a podcast, a good book or a musical instrument, ensuring you take time away from work to do something you love can make being on the road less monotonous and improve your mental health.