Diet and driver fatigue

Reduce Fatigue with food?

At first glance it seems too simplistic. Can eating the right foods really affect driver fatigue? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Eating the right food is essential not just to a driver’s overall health but to energy levels as well. If drivers eat too much of the wrong foods, on the other hand, they’ll fatigue much more quickly.

What’s right vs. wrong? To maximize a driver’s energy and minimize fatigue, it’s important to avoid sugary foods that cause a blood sugar spike, resulting in the inevitable crash and low energy and sleepiness. Natural energy foods are high in protein and fat content and low in sugar – which means they are absorbed slowly by the body and give a driver longer- lasting energy.

Many assume that it’s impossible to get the “right foods” at a truck stop. But actually, there are some more healthy options. And yes, they are available at
truck stops.

Not only is a driver’s diet an important fatigue fighter, fluid intake can impact fatigue as well. Especially, if a driver starts to feel tired around the same time each day, it could be due to dehydration. Dehydration is a common cause of fatigue and headaches. Our bodies are mainly composed of water. Dehydration affects metabolism, leading to a sluggish and tired feeling.

Source: http://info.ergoscience.com/employer-blog/fighting-driver-fatigue-top-5-wellness-strategies-eat-drink-and-be-healthy

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