We all know how important quality sleep is for CDL-A drivers. But there isn’t much out there about how to unwind your mind before bed so that you can get quality sleep. Carter Express has done the research for you; here are the top five ways to get to bed easier.

 Brain exercises

While you may feel tired at the end of the day, it’s still sometimes difficult to turn your mind off and actually get to sleep! Brain exercises like Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and other logic puzzles are a great way to unwind mentally. If you’re more of a pen-and-paper person, you can buy books of these puzzles that are small and easy to store in your cab. You can also access them on your smartphone or laptop by downloading certain apps making them a super accessible way to unlock better rest!


Similar to logic puzzles, reading helps your mind “clock out” after you’re done for the day. While reading on your smartphone, Kindle, Nook, or other tablet is a good option, remember that it’s important to limit exposure to blue light before bed, meaning that cracking open a paper book may be the way to go! Carter Express has plenty of options for novels that are suited specifically to CDL-A truck drivers and their interests, click here for more info!

Meditation and stretching

Getting your body moving before bed helps relax both your muscles and your mind. Participating in some mellow meditation with breathing exercises that are linked to better sleep can make all the difference. However, for some people, meditation just doesn’t work. You can better prep yourself for quality sleep by simply getting out of your cab and doing some light stretching!


Experts on quality sleep have found that certain sound frequencies aid your body and mind in getting ready for better sleep. Binaural beats promote delta waves in your brain and help to naturally relax you, getting you into a deeper sleep in less time. If these beats aren’t for you, listening to your own favorite calming music can help signal to your mind and body that it’s time for rest.

Avoid caffeine

Drinking caffeine during the day is a habit nearly everyone has – especially truck drivers who need to stay awake and alert. Since caffeine’s job is to keep you awake, it can mess with your chance to get quality sleep. Setting a time of the day when you stop ingesting caffeine, sometime in the late afternoon, will ensure that you aren’t losing sleep due to coffee or other energy drinks. Also, drinking a calming cup of chamomile tea can help your mind relax before bed.


Once you’ve unlocked better sleep, it’s time to unlock a better truck driving career! Connect with Carter Express today to learn more about our amazing driving opportunities.