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Health & Wellbeing Tips for HGV Drivers

Health & Wellbeing Tips for HGV Drivers

24 November 2021

A reported 61% of HGV drivers have two or more of the following health conditions:

  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking dependency
  • Six or fewer hours of sleep per 24-hour period

The SHIFT Study is an on-going longitudinal study run from Loughborough University. Key findings from the study have shown that:

‘Long-distance lorry drivers are more likely to be overweight or obese than those working in other occupations. This increases their risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and sleep disturbances. Due to the nature of their jobs, lorry drivers are faced with many barriers when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. They spend long periods of time sitting, their opportunities to be physically active while at work are limited, the food available at rest stops tends to be unhealthy, and working shifts means they get less sleep.

'As a consequence of these working conditions and unhealthy lifestyle choices, lorry drivers have a lower life expectancy than the average working person. They are currently an ‘at-risk’ and underserved group in terms of health promotion efforts given the well-being of lorry drivers can directly affect the safety of other road users.’

Top Tips for Drivers:

Nutrition – Fuel your body with healthy, nutritious foods.


Sleep – It is recommended that we get 7-9 sleep on average a night.



Stay Hydrated – It is recommended that adults drink between 2-3 litres of water per day.



Exercise – Studies have shown that excise just one or twice a week can reduce the risk of heart disease or strokes.  



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