One of the biggest complaints many truckers have is that it's difficult to get a good night's sleep on the road. Most are forced to catch their Zs in the sleeper berth, which any pro hauler will tell you isn't exactly the most comfortable space in the world. However, it doesn't have to be that way.
There are plenty of ways to make your sleeper berth more comfortable and conducive to a restful night's sleep:
1) Do more to block out the light
There are a few big distractions that tend to keep truckers from getting all the sleep they need, and perhaps the biggest one is the light outside their windows, according to U.S. Cargo Control. Whether they're sleeping in a well-lit truck stop parking lot or just along the side of the road where a lot of vehicles are passing by, light is a major disruption for most people's sleep. Putting up blackout curtains for all your windows - or using a sleep mask - will help overcome that distraction.
2) Drown out the noise if you can
Along similar lines to the light, noise from traffic can wake up even the soundest of sleepers, U.S. Cargo Control added. While you probably can't professionally soundproof your sleeper berth, you can invest in a white noise machine, noise-canceling headphones or even ear plugs that help drown out all that distracting noise and allow you to get the full eight hours of sleep you need.
3) Invest in high-quality bedding
Many sleeper berths have small mattress pads that are well-suited for a quick nap, but they're not exactly comfortable for everyday sleeping, according to M&W Transportation. As such, it's a good idea to invest a little more money in a mattress you truly find comfortable, such as one made from memory foam. In addition, you should have the kind of pillows you use at home, and comfortable blankets appropriate for all conditions. These can get a bit costly, but you can't really put a price on comfort.
4) Organize, and clean it out frequently
For many truckers, it's not always convenient to regularly remove all the trash they accumulate in a life on the road, according to CDL Life. Empty bottles and snack wrappers can pile up without really being noticed until they're taking up a lot of space in your cab or sleeper berth. With that in mind, clearing it out more often helps make the whole truck feel nicer, cleaner and more comfortable.
5) Don't forget the driver's seat
Finally, while this space isn't specifically related to the sleeper berth, it's a good idea to make sure your driver's seat is comfortable as well. After all, if you develop aches and pains over the course of a day behind the wheel, getting to sleep isn't as easy as it should be. Finding a good seat cover and adjusting it so everything "feels right" when you're driving will help ensure you head off to bed feeling well enough to get a comfortable night's sleep.
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