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Sleep Disorders

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Posted by: Desalegn Wodajo | 2018/09/12

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Driving and lack of sleep

Hello! My name is Desalegn Wodajo. I live in Nashville, TN and I am a new truck driver at a trucking company that uses team driving to transport freight (team driving is an arrangement where two drivers take turns to drive and the off duty driver sleeps in the truck while the other is driving). My problem is that I am unable to sleep in the truck while my lead driver is driving. The shaking and vibration is too strong for me preventing sleep. The accommodations provided by my employer is adequate as I have no difficulty sleeping while the truck is parked and I feel no discomfort. The problem is I can't sleep in the truck while it is moving because it moves me up and down on a bumpy road and from side to side when it accelerates and stops. I have informed my employer about this and my worry that I might cause a serious accident if I drive without getting enough sleep. I feel that I shouldn't drive if I am not getting enough sleep. I would rather do another job. Can you give me your advice and recommendation? Best regards!

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