How Much Hours Of Sleep We Should Get To Operate Safely?

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Kamran K.'s Comment
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Hello i am 24yo and i will be start driving for a company that starts early in morning hours varies from 4,5 or 6 in morning so how many hours should i be sleeping? Thank you and i know every persons body is different

Chris M's Comment
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That's gonna be completely dependent on you, but my opinion is you need to be doing whatever you need to do to get 8 hours of sleep if you're gonna be operating a commercial vehicle. Driving while tired is one of those things that can be avoided the majority of the time, simply by managing your schedule properly.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
icecold24k's Comment
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This is kind of a loaded question. It is all dependent on a lot of things. Some nights I can sleep 4-5 hours and be perfectly fine and other nights it seems even 10 hours of sleep is nowhere near enough. If you sleep until you wake up on your own with no alarm or anything and you feel ok when you wake up then you probably are. I would strive to sleep at least 6-8 hours every night. It isn't always possible but if you sleep just a few hours every day then it will catch up to you and hit you hard. The results could be deadly. Also I would try to nap and rest any possible chance you get. This part takes some people a while to get used to. I used to never be able just to take a nap if I wasn't tired. Now if I lay down my body seems trained on what to do. Hope this helps.

Kamran K.'s Comment
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Yeh i think 4-5 hours should be good not enough but good enough.Haha

Old School's Comment
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Kamran, that is an odd question. You alone know if you are too tired or not. I thought the way you posed the question made it seem like starting your day at four or five in the morning was what was really bothering you. if you start early, you just have got to be disciplined enough to get yourself in the bed earlier. It's really that simple. You've been out here doing this a little while, you ought to know how to get yourself to sleep when you are needing to get up in time to get going on your day. I flip my sleep schedule all the time just so that I can be productive. You have got to discipline your body to "sleep like a truck driver."

Kamran K.'s Comment
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Kamran, that is an odd question. You alone know if you are too tired or not. I thought the way you posed the question made it seem like starting your day at four or five in the morning was what was really bothering you. if you start early, you just have got to be disciplined enough to get yourself in the bed earlier. It's really that simple. You've been out here doing this a little while, you ought to know how to get yourself to sleep when you are needing to get up in time to get going on your day. I flip my sleep schedule all the time just so that I can be productive. You have got to discipline your body to "sleep like a truck driver."

Its just about getting tips and opinions never hurts

Rob T.'s Comment
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Kamran , it all depends on your body. On my gig my start time is 330am 3 of the 4 days I work, with the 4th day having a dispatch of 530am. I tend to wake up before 2am on my early days, and about 3am on my"late" day. There's days I go to sleep around 7pm and feel tired, other days i wake up feeling refreshed like I wanna go run a marathon (just kidding, I'm overweight....if you ever see me running you better too, cuz **** Is about to go down haha). Other days i don't go to sleep until after 9 or 10pm and still feel refreshed. As was stated above though, eventually sleep deprivation will catch up. I find myself wanting to stay up later than I should to spend time with my wife and kids because despite being a local driver home every night it really isn't much "quality" time Usually I'm too tired or grouchy when I'm home unfortunately.

Keith G.'s Comment
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I spent years in the Army, so early mornings are nothing terrible. I normally wake up fully alert and mentally functional to conduct job functions within a few minutes. As for sleeping, I average about 6-8. I carry a little bottle of Zzquil and take a sip if I'm completely unable to sleep. I also have my phone tied into the trucks Bluetooth speakers to blast me awake as needed..lol

icecold24k's Comment
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I spent years in the Army, so early mornings are nothing terrible. I normally wake up fully alert and mentally functional to conduct job functions within a few minutes. As for sleeping, I average about 6-8. I carry a little bottle of Zzquil and take a sip if I'm completely unable to sleep. I also have my phone tied into the trucks Bluetooth speakers to blast me awake as needed..lol

I absolutely love the dream water I buy at the truck stops. Knocks me out quick with no side effects the next morning. Also our Qualcomm has an alarm clock that will wake the dead.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Keith G.'s Comment
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I spent years in the Army, so early mornings are nothing terrible. I normally wake up fully alert and mentally functional to conduct job functions within a few minutes. As for sleeping, I average about 6-8. I carry a little bottle of Zzquil and take a sip if I'm completely unable to sleep. I also have my phone tied into the trucks Bluetooth speakers to blast me awake as needed..lol

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I absolutely love the dream water I buy at the truck stops. Knocks me out quick with no side effects the next morning. Also our Qualcomm has an alarm clock that will wake the dead.

I've seen that stuff more frequently these days. Honestly not tried it. Maybe when my bottle runs out I'll snag a bottle to compare.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
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