“According to a recent study, regularly getting just six to seven hours of sleep greatly increases your risk for cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Coronary artery calcification, a very strong predictor of a future heart attack and/or death due to heart disease, occurs more often in those who sleep less. As well, obstructive sleep apnea with sleep loss is strongly linked to stroke, coronary heart disease, hypertension and an irregular heartbeat.
“Studies also show that people who slept fewer than five hours per night were far more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. However, a person’s body could develop the ability to better control blood sugar levels when that person’s sleeping habits changed to regularly include seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Getting enough sleep may reduce the effects of Type 2 diabetes.
“As a truck driver, you operate in a time-sensitive, tightly scheduled work environment. Your success is measured by the clock and successfully meeting your delivery deadlines keeps you employed. Understandably, you may sometimes skip some sleep to make sure your load gets delivered on time.
“You might push back your bedtime to drive a few hours longer into the night. Or, you might set your alarm a few hours early to beat the morning traffic. As occasional work-arounds, these strategies are okay, but if used regularly, they may produce long-term health concerns.”
Shorepower helps drivers get the sleep they need by reducing noise and vibration. Also, allows drivers with CPAP machines to use power without draining their truck battery.