How Much Sleep Do You Get Each Day?

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Brad S.'s Comment
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Hi everyone, I was just wondering how much sleep to you typically get each day when running OTR? I'd imagine it could vary quite a bit, but wondered what might be typical to expect for an over the road driver.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Pianoman's Comment
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Hi everyone, I was just wondering how much sleep to you typically get each day when running OTR? I'd imagine it could vary quite a bit, but wondered what might be typical to expect for an over the road driver.

I've done a few different otr gigs and most of the time I was able to get in a good 6-8 hours of sleep each night.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Farmerbob1's Comment
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Between 4 and 8. I try for 8, but I don't always need that much and will wake up before my alarm.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I always get right at 7 hours. Always have. No need to set an alarm either. Regardless of what time I go to sleep, unless a certain co driver wakes me up to "see uf I need anything " if he has stopped somewhere lol.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I run well on 6 hours a night. But I can only do that for about a week and a half before I need a good long 8-10 hour snooze. I usually manage to sneak a longer break in every so often.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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I sleep 5-6 hours. Occasional if I am not in any sort of hurry I will sleep 7 maybe 8, but that is mainly boredom.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I have broken sleep. Always have. So I might get two in at a customer while getting loaded then drive 500 miles and get five or six. Other times if I have time on a run I might not set my alarm and just wake up when I'm ready. I actually feel less tired than I ever did cause in old jobs if I lost steam...well I was still at work. Now I just park for a couple hours and no one cares as long as I'm early and don't hit anything

Brad S.'s Comment
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Thanks for the replies. It seems everyone can get the sleep they generally require, which was one thing I wondered about. For me I know I would worry about not being able to drive safely if I could only get 5 hours a night or day on a regular basis. I'd need more, even if it was broken up.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Thanks for the replies. It seems everyone can get the sleep they generally require, which was one thing I wondered about. For me I know I would worry about not being able to drive safely if I could only get 5 hours a night or day on a regular basis. I'd need more, even if it was broken up.

Part of it is communication with dispatch and part is time management. If I need sleep after I get unloaded, I tell dispatch "I need sleep. Make me unavailable untik tomorrow.". But while loaded, you learn how far you can drive and when you can stop. We get 10hoir breaks but some loads have more time and can allow longer breaks giving more sleep time.

It is hard to squeeze in dinner shower laundry and sleep into a 10hr break. By the time I would wind down it would be time to get back up.

Calkansan's Comment
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6-8 a night. Been running hard for 3 weeks now (3100wk). Told dm need a little down time. No problem. I deliver this morning and don't pu until Monday. Oh what will I do with the time? Lol

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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