Natural night owls who struggle a bit with night time driving

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by GhentSaintPeters, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    I prefer to run at night, often sleep from 2-5 am till noon, or so. Wake up w/o alarm, naturally. I’ve noticed as I’ve aged, that sleepiness hits me around 2 or 3. Always guess the time, before checking, usually pretty close. It crept up on me, I had to get accustomed to recognizing it. Never used to be a problem. It’s all got to do with zircadian? Rythems. There’s 2 different natural body clocks. Which schedule your body runs on, dictates whether you’re a night owl or day person. 9:30 at night, I’m getting ready to grill some steaks for dinner.Hit the sak around 3:00 am. Normal day.
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  3. GhentSaintPeters

    GhentSaintPeters Light Load Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    See this is my natural sleep cycle back home! Go to bed around 3am, wake up at about noon. And EVERY time I go back for home time, by the end of the week, my sleep cycle goes back to sleeping from 3am - noon.

    That's why it's so curious to me that night time driving seems to get to me. As I said, I think a big part of it is just staring into the blackness for so long. I listen to podcasts during the daytime but at nighttime they put me to sleep.

    I'll listen to music at night time to keep me going. Others mentioned the 70's/80's rock and roll and yeah, I listen to all that. My parents listened to it all the time (it was their generations music) when I was growing up, so I love it as much as they do.

    But even the music only helps to a certain extent. Again, 2am-5am seems to be the death zone no matter how well rested I am or taking any other external factors into account.
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  4. Fold_Moiler

    Fold_Moiler Road Train Member

    Mar 17, 2017
    Whenever I’d have to sleep in the truck I’d start late and run all night, it’s just more chill.

    I’m not a graveyard shift guy though.

    My perfect schedule would be second shift but that ain’t happening for me. I have to get up at 5:15 m-f.
  5. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2019
    Valrico FL
    I just got home, it's 01:36. I'll probably go to sleep around 03:30 and get up at 06:00 to take my daughter to school. Them I will come home, do what I need to do and go back to sleep around 10:00 and wake up at 14:00 to get ready for work. I find splitting sleep up works better for me.
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  6. magoo68

    magoo68 Road Train Member

    Jun 11, 2011
    st malo mb canada
    It’s the 3 hours at delivery that gets you tired .. when you stay busy often you don’t get tired . Least in my case
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  7. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    You’re not a night owl, you’re a vampire trucker. Supernatural. Perfect in the darkness, only weakness is the sun.
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  8. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2019
    Valrico FL
    I thought I would add a rant that pertains to this. You will have days like I am having today. I got about 2 hours of sleep before I had to take my daughter to school and can't fall back asleep so it's gonna be a rough night lol.
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  9. Southern Dad

    Southern Dad Light Load Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    Shady Dale, GA
    But then he'll have to stop to pee. Those energy drinks have to come out, too. I'm a morning person. I get up every day at 3 AM and go for an early morning walk. I am eager to see how becoming a truck driver changes my sleep patterns, because right now, I turn into a pumpkin at 9 PM.
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  10. 2old

    2old Heavy Load Member

    Jun 12, 2018
    I would think that being an early riser will be a big benefit to you. Getting a jump on the day is usually helpful in avoiding traffic situations and possibly arriving at your destination early.

    Good luck!
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  11. kanidana

    kanidana Heavy Load Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    Mesa, AZ
    I try to drive at night as much as possible. I find that I get a boost when the sun comes up if I'm feeling a bit tired. Take time to pull over and get out and get the blood pumping if you start to feel like you're nodding off. I definitely keep plenty of five hour energy around also. There are times when the demands of the job will flip me around the other way before I've had a chance to flip my sleep clock the other way. You have to prepare for things like that and it can be really exhausting.
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