New NIOSH Resource Provides Quick Tips to Help Truckers Get a Good Night’s Sleep
September 15, 2014
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The long hours and demanding nature of driving a truck can make it a hazardous occupation; fatigue is one of the main occupational hazards commercial drivers face. A new resource available in time for Truck Driver Appreciation Week from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides truck drivers with tips for improving sleep quality to improve their health and help reduce the risk for drowsy driving and vehicle crashes.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009 truck drivers experienced 16.8% of all transportation-related fatalities and 2.04% of the nonfatal injuries requiring days away from work, even though they only made up 1.0% of the U.S. workforce.
“Sleep plays a critical role in our personal well-being; being on the road for long periods without getting adequate sleep may place truck drivers at higher risk for vehicle crashes, as well as create other health concerns,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “This new resource provides easy to implement solutions that will help truck drivers stay safe and well while on the job and continue their good work.”
In a 2010 study, NIOSH researchers found that U.S. long-haul truck drivers were twice as likely to be obese compared to the adult working population, as well as more likely to suffer from other risk factors for chronic disease.
The new publication, Quick Sleep Tips for Truck Drivers, outlines the importance of sleep for truck drivers and what they can do to ensure they get a good night’s sleep while on the road and at home. The brochure provides tips and recommendations on the following:
- How to improve your sleep environment
- How to prepare for better sleep
- What to avoid before bedtime
To view this new publication, visit https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2014-150/. For more information and strategies for managing sleep, visit the NIOSH Work Schedules topic page at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/workschedules/. To read NIOSH’s blog in recognition of Truck Driver Appreciation week, visit http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2014/09/15/truck-drivers/.
NIOSH is the Federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries and illnesses. It was created under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More information about NIOSH can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh.