Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by MOBee, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. MOBee

    MOBee Medium Load Member

    Apr 27, 2014
    Longview, TX
    I have no idea what has happened in the past 6 months, but now a loud truck, a reefer and those darn APU's start to run and I am awake and find it very difficult to go back to sleep. I have tried my own white noise, a radio, but after a while that wakes me up. I have tried earplugs, but with my TMJ pretty quickly they hurt terribly as well. Any ideas? I try to sleep at the well away from the road rest areas, but in the winter that may not be the best idea. What do you all do?
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  2. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Try to work a lil harder and it takes the thinking out of it lol
  3. CrappieJunkie

    CrappieJunkie Wishin' I was fishin'

    Mar 9, 2014
    In a van down by the River.
    Is it your truck or others? If its yours not much you can do. If its others, drive when they are sleeping.

    I pulled refers with an apu. Slept like a baby with the vibration of them both running. It was relaxing.

    It got so bad when I was on hometime I couldnt sleep without it. If reefer didnt kick on every hour hour and a half I woke up, including while at home.
  4. scythe08

    scythe08 Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Get one of those metal fans from loves, Pilot , whatever. They made enough noise to be effective, but not intrusive. I am so used to them that I have a hard time sleeping without them
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  5. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    That's interesting. Usually a older engine at a high idle is a good Z generator.

    You might want to visit doctor and explain about the noise affecting sleep. You could be having something going on inside that will need to be corrected in some way.

    It took me months to get used to a quiet house when we finally stopped OTR.
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  6. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    If ear plugs don't work, you're screwed. I'm a very light sleeper, and earplugs saved the day, especially in hotels.
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  7. jammer910Z

    jammer910Z Road Train Member

    May 28, 2015
    I had one on each side of me yesterday.

    On my right was the high idle guy with the engine fan that kicks on and off every 30 seconds sounding like a turbo jet.
    On the left was a 1954 Rattletrap WeKoolit reefer that cycled from hyper driver to super hyper drive continuously.

    I "was" sleeping like a baby.
    Once you hear it... you're up.
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  8. Hyweighman

    Hyweighman Medium Load Member

    Dec 29, 2011
    Pensacola, FL
    Instead of backing into a spot try nosing in. It's a lot quieter. But dont tell anyone. It's a secret.
  9. jammer910Z

    jammer910Z Road Train Member

    May 28, 2015
    That works in select spots.
    But, in most parking spaces it leaves the tail of the trailer sticking way out hindering everyone else's movement.
    Backing in allows that overhang to clear a curb.

    No easy solution.
    It's the nature of the beast.
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  10. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    Murdo SD
    Nose in (make sure it’s a spot you can easily back out of) and take some Zzzzquil.
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