Texting isn’t the only driving distraction. Sleep deprivation can also be a serious risk when getting behind the wheel. Drowsy driving can be just as bad as drunk driving. To help keep grogginess at bay, follow these tips for getting better sleep before hitting the road.
The first step to getting better sleep is to pay attention to your body. Go to bed when you’re feeling sleepy at night. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep, and the best way to get them is by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day.
If you aren’t sure if you are getting enough sleep you can track your sleep by using the Sleep Cycle app or the Bedtime app, which comes standard on iOS devices. These trackers can help you determine the average number of hours you are sleeping each night.
Once you know, it’s time to find a routine to dedicate yourself to getting more sleep. Go to bed at the same time every night and follow a nighttime schedule to get your mind ready for sleep. Many people find it useful to use meditation apps and podcasts to relax. Some recommendations include Sleep With Me Podcast, Headspace and The Mindfulness App. Once you are getting better sleep, you will notice that you are more focused and ready for anything that comes your way!
If you are looking for more tips for being a safer driver, checking out these blogs:
– How To Prevent Sleep Deprivation For Truckers
– 5 Trucking Safety Precautions
– 5 Winter Driving Tips For Truckers