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Weekly Health Tip

Weekly Driver Health

Commercial truck driving is one of the largest occupational groups in the U.S. In such a large and growing occupation, many are at risk for health issues related to truck driving. Mental health and depression are major concerns of our industry. Some contributing factors to mental health issues are loneliness, chronic sleep disturbances, anxiety, and depression. Assessing and properly treating these issues must be a priority in order to improve the overall environment for our truckers and safety on our roads. There are some helpful tips:

Keep your mind sharp. Do a jigsaw puzzle, take up a hobby, try to learn a new language or complete a word or number puzzle.

Stay connected with loved ones. In 2021, there are many ways to stay connected. Video chats, frequent phone calls and text messages can be done from one device; make use of that. Bring photos or other sentimental items from your home to take in your truck.

Get enough QUALITY sleep. Sleep apnea, as one example, has been linked to chronic fatigue and depression and is common among truckers. Limit the use of electronics before bed. Avoid caffeine and heavy meals in the evening. If you think you may have sleep apnea, talk with your doctor about a sleep study.

One of the most important things about improving your mental health is to know when you are struggling. Recognizing the signs of anxiety or depression will help you to know when to use the tips above. If you feel the tips are not helping or something feels “off”, please let someone know; getting the help you need is paramount! While being a trucker is one of the hardest jobs, it does not need to take a huge toll on you!