FMCSA: Daytime sleep worst of three options for drivers

By CCJ Staff on

According to a study commissioned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a consolidated day time sleeping schedule is the worst for driver health and safe operation. 

Sleeping at night was the best for driver alertness and overall sleep time, followed by a split sleep schedule. Participants in the study who slept during a consolidated period during the day got nearly two fewer hours of sleep per day than those who slept at night and about an hour less sleep than those who split sleep. 

For more, see CCJ sister site Overdrive‘s report.

9 comments
circletfarms
circletfarms

what they should is go back to the old rules they worked for several years. until someone got a bug up their butt. i was able to make a half way decent living. get ample sleep. and all round better off than i am now with somebody's not so bright idea!

 

circletfarms
circletfarms

This is (PURE "D" HORSE CRAP) I have driven at night now for several years now and find that i am more productive and all round safer at night than during the day when all those who think they know how to drive but could not drive their way out of a paper bag with a map! it all depends on a persons  sleeping rhythm is. i can't sleep at night if i try all i do is toss and turn all night along.

Tim Knight
Tim Knight

  So now can you tell me what to do with my dedicated run. Five hundred seventy miles a night, six nights a week. There is more Air Freight run at night, than you would ever believe. Any other driving job to be found will barely pay the bills nowadays!!

Rrumah
Rrumah

Well folks, we are just targets in the water regulatory waters. The shippers could care less. They will tell the carriers guess you better hire more drivers. OK you hire more drivers, that thins out opportunity for the drivers you already have and they can't make a living because of fewer loads... sombody is over thinking this... If yoiu don't like driving, I hear you can get a government job they are hiring....

David McQueen
David McQueen

It's not only the amount of sleep, it also about that reefer running all night next to your truck or about lot lizards banging on the door or quaalcom messages, etc.  I understand the scientific method of hypothesis, experimentation, etc., but what I've learned about tired driving in 15 years is that it's an individual thing.  One size doesn't fit all.  Old guys don't need as much sleep.  Old guys have to pee more frequently at night.  It is impossible to create a rule that is beneficial to all.  Ask the drivers.  My two cents:  a regular schedule with regular hours will help.  Running in bad weather/heavy traffic tires me out more than running on the interstate west of the Mississippi in good weather. 

peaveypro
peaveypro

How many MILLIONS of dollars has been spent to come to the conclusion that DAYTIME SLEEP isnt the best for Drivers, WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS...Why not try a Novel Idea, ASK DRIVERS...not just one type of driver but all drivers.....you think that the only people who know this are some guys in a white coat locked in a lab in Switzerland or ??? all running around Ja Ja Daytime Szleep dats the best for the Tezt szubjects....WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME...

JStephens
JStephens

Good. Now we might get a little movment on a realistic work day clock instead of the current 14 hour rule that  forces drivers into block sleeping times.

freedomflyer
freedomflyer

 @JStephens well just for your info of they implement something that prevents drivers from driving at night or teams you can expect pay scales to drop significantly. Companies will not absorb the cost you will, be careful what you ask for.

JStephens
JStephens

 @freedomflyer I would be happy if they would address the problems that a hard 14 hour rule with no way to stop it short of an 8 hour sleeper break pushes drivers . Day, night , it doesn't matter, drivers need to be able to stop and take a nap if their body tells them it is needed.

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