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The mental and physical health of truck drivers is at risk.

The mental and physical health of truck drivers is at risk.



Truck operators´ mental and physical well-being has emerged as a critical concern in the transportation sector in California. Lack of sleep, poor diets, grappling with traffic, and the stress associated with loneliness have captured the attention of programs and researchers dedicated to improving the well-being of drivers.

North American freight transport companies are spearheading innovative initiatives to address issues affecting the health and performance of drivers. Programs targeting sleep deprivation, inadequate nutrition, and post-pandemic loneliness are being implemented to enhance the quality of life for owner-operators and, consequently, their job performance.

Ethan Slaughter, a "behavioral economic researcher" and founder of the Copeland-Hall Research Institute, is conducting a study on owner-operators´ sleep patterns. During an interview with FleetOwner, Slaughter highlighted the interconnectedness of life and job satisfaction with issues such as depression, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise.

According to Slaughter, modern habits like electronic and food addictions contribute to health and productivity issues among drivers. His research, based on the Oura Ring biomedical device, aims to non-invasively track the sleep quality of 50 to 75 professional truck drivers.

The study includes cabin interventions, such as white noise machines and custom mattresses, seeking to improve the rest conditions of drivers. Slaughter emphasizes that understanding drivers´ economic decisions in the long run is a deteriorating factor. It is essential to address issues such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, which have historically affected this demographic group.

The road transport sector recognizes the importance of investing in the health and well-being of operators as a vital economic issue. As the challenges to well-being are unveiled, the industry seeks innovative solutions to ensure a healthy and productive journey on California´s roads.

Your health is crucial for you, your family, and the people sharing the daily road.
 


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Edic.: 200
Autor: El Trailero Magazine
Date: 3/2024


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