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 effectiveness of engineering and behavioral interventions to improve the sleep, health, and well-being of team truck drivers (dyads) who sleep in moving semi-trucks. METHODS: Drivers (n = 16) were exposed to Condition A: a new innerspring mattress, and Condition B: a novel therapeutic mattress. A subsample of drivers (n = 8) were also exposed to Condition C: use of their preferred mattress (all chose to keep B), switching to an active suspension driver's seat, and completing a behavioral sleep-health program. Primary outcomes were sleep duration, sleep quality, and fatigue. Behavioral program targets included physical activity and sleep hygiene. RESULTS: Self-reported sleep and fatigue improved with mattress A, and improved further with mattress B which altered vibration exposures and was universally preferred and kept by all drivers. Condition C improved additional targets and produced larger effect sizes for most outcomes. CONCLUSIONS: Results support these interventions as 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 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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