Zzzzzz Monster

Discussion in 'Old Dominion Freight Line' started by guilette95, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. guilette95

    guilette95 Member

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    This is probably mostly for line haul drivers since we mostly drive at night. Just wondering what everyone does to fight the Zzzzzz Monster, other than stopping on an offramp for a PowerNap. :Zzzz: For me, I find that varying the radio stations between talk and music and also varying the volume, dimming the dash lights also helps.
     
  2. imported_tuttiefruitie

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    My hubby is a road driver.

    No Doze helps, putting the windows down. He calls some of his driver buds on their cell phones.
     
  3. Willie

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    Turn the stereo up louder and louder as the night goes on, smoke more and more, window down and when all else fails call another driver that i know is doin the same thing. Sometimes nothing you do will stop the sleep monster though. pull over take a nap.
     
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    I always thought those R.J.Ses did a pretty good job,,
    how bout it?...........
     
  5. flybynite

    flybynite Active Member

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    I've been doing nights so long that I really don't know any other lifestyle. I get plenty of sleep, I have a cup of coffee during the run, but anything else isn't for me. It just puts a temporary fix on a problem that is greater than what I can handle. If I get that tired I pull it off and sleep, better to be late and get a a$$ chewing, then not arrive at all.
     
  6. Redeemed

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    Same here. If you are tired then the only real fix is closing the eyeballs.

    But a temp fix to get you somewhere safe to stop try sipping on a drink, nibbling on something to eat or chewing gum, and sometimes turning on the inside cab light for a little bit will work. But only till I find a safe place to stop.
     
  7. ESP

    ESP Well-Known Member

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    you have to be tuff to be a freight hauler

    I know what you all are talking about, here is the answer, use your vise grips!!!!! Yea , just clamp them on your private part, I know it will hurt, but do you think you can sleep with the vise grips on your ***? Trust me it works, however if you do not have the guts to do that, Just shut your left hand in the door. problem solved. :1036316054:
     
  8. Aladdin Sane

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    Now there's one I've never heard before!! lol... The mental image of that alone is enough to keep ya' sharp.
     
  9. Snowmann

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    It must look funny when you forget to remove the vise grip and then walk in the dispatch office.:hysterical::hysterical:
    But I must admit: Redeemed is right, only a nap can cure fatigue.
    When I get tired I pull over to and take a nap.
    No freight is hot enough to be cooled down in the ditch.
     
  10. DayliteDean

    DayliteDean Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Stop get out and stretch,do a walk-around,don't wait until you are tired to partially open a window,start off the trip that way,the fresh air helps keep you alert better than cab air.
     
  11. Aladdin Sane

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    Good ol' pulse pounding rock-n-roll that you can scream along to does the trick also.
     
  12. DayliteDean

    DayliteDean Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Hard to sleep with a ringing in your ears :TR10driving03:
     
  13. MAYHEM666

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    I don't know about everyone else, but Friday night Saturday morning is the toughest for me. After a long week behind the wheel I'm just plain worn out.
     
  14. tinabell902

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    try keeping something crunchy in truck, peanuts or hard candy. not trying to be a smart a@@, but I have found out that I have to sleep during day. Save honey do's for weekend, in between beers ofcourse. By all means take nap when needed, sometimes just closing eyes for 5 min does the trick, phone works well to
     
  15. DayliteDean

    DayliteDean Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Cell phones are great,since I didn't have roaming on my plan I could talk 1/2 the morning with a friend that ran the same hours,I'd disagree with him intentionally just to keep things intresting.Now that I run days I find not yakking with him nightly is one of the few things I miss from night L/H
     

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