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Sleep. It’s an essential part of being human but one that many of us frequently miss out on. If you’re a haulage driver in the UK then you’ve probably found it challenging to get enough and you might even be experiencing the consequences of too little. Around a third of the UK population only gets up to six hours sleep a night – this can have a big impact on the way you function. For example, if you get less than five hours, the effect on your brain is the same as if you were drunk. Between seven and eight hours sleep a night is crucial to consistently maintain cognitive brain function – so how do you do it?
Make sure you’re aware of the risks
If you work in the haulage industry then you’re one of those most likely to fall short on basic sleep requirements. While this is the nature of the beast in terms of the way that work is often structured (especially with strict HGV working hour directives), it can also be incredibly problematic. Tiredness costs the British economy around 200,000 work days every year but it could cost you more. Sleep deprivation, especially when your job involves long periods of sitting in relative silence, can lead to drowsiness and a lack of awareness that may end in tragedy.
Learn what contributes to better sleep
With up to 3,000 new loads per day, saving over 250 million miles per year, the impact for the UK's Carbon footprint alone is huge.