Advancing the safety, health, and well-being of commercial driving teams who sleep in moving semi-Trucks the tech4rest pilot study

Ryan Olson, Peter Johnson, Steven A. Shea, Miguel Marino, Jarred Rimby, Kelsey Womak, Fangfang Wang, Rachel Springer, Courtney Donovan, Sean P.M. Rice

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Abstract

Objective: To test the feasibility, acceptability, and potential effectivenessof engineering and behavioral interventions to improve the sleep, health, andwell-being of team truck drivers (dyads) who sleep in moving semi-Trucks. Methods: Drivers (n 16) were exposed to Condition A: A new innerspringmattress, and Condition B: A novel therapeutic mattress. A subsample ofdrivers (n 8) were also exposed to Condition C: use of their preferredmattress (all chose to keep B), switching to an active suspension driver s seat, and completing a behavioral sleep-health program. Primary outcomes weresleep duration, sleep quality, and fatigue. Behavioral program targetsincluded physical activity and sleep hygiene. Results: Self-reported sleepand fatigue improved with mattress A, and improved further with mattress Bwhich altered vibration exposures and was universally preferred and kept byall drivers. Condition C improved additional targets and produced largereffect sizes for most outcomes. Conclusions: Results support these interventionsas promising for advancing team truck drivers sleep, health, and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1082-1096
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume62
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • behavioral intervention
  • commercial truck drivers
  • fatigue
  • hierarchy of controls
  • mattress
  • physical activity
  • seat
  • sleep
  • sleep hygiene
  • team truck drivers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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