Trucker Shares Unique Bedtime Routine for Sleeping in Semi: 'Looks Cozy'

A truck driver's bedtime routine went viral online after they filmed the interior of their semi-truck.

The video, posted by u/Mint_Perspective to Reddit's popular "Damnthatsinteresting" subreddit, received nearly 110,000 upvotes and 2,500 comments.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck drivers spend an average of 41.5 hours a week behind the wheel.

Due to the long hours inside the trucks, the size and setup of the truck cab make a significant difference in the working conditions of truckers.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that improving the size and construction of the truck cab can improve not only the comfort but the safety of the driver. If the truck cab is "poorly fitted" to the size of the truck driver, driving controls may be more difficult to reach, seatbelts might not fit properly, and the road may be less visible.

Trucker shows bedtime routine inside cabin
A viral video posted to Reddit showed a trucker's nighttime routine as he got ready to sleep inside the semi-truck cabin. STEFANOLUNARDI/iStock

In the video, the trucker said that before going to sleep, they always use the "seat belt trick," or tied the seatbelt tightly around the two doors to ensure no one tries to enter the truck cab.

"I only recommend you doing the seat belt trick if you have an emergency exit door in the back of your sleeper," the trucker said.

He added that although his doors do lock, he added that there are some semi truck keys that can unlock any type of semi-truck door.

The man then shut the curtains on all the windows of the truck for added privacy. He said that since his truck does not have an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), or a source of power in many semi-trucks, he sometimes leaves the engine on so it doesn't get too hot or cold overnight.

"Then I go into the sleeper and brush my teeth," the man said as he opened a small cabinet and revealed a hanging toothpaste dispenser.

Afterward, the trucker closes the curtain separating the front of the truck from the sleeper part of the cab for optimum privacy. He also opened a small window next to the bed to allow for fresh air to circulate.

"The best part and the part I look forward to every day, laying in bed," the man said as he took his shoes off and climbed into the bed and under his Spiderman sheets.

"I remember the first time I slept on the road I could not get myself to sleep," he said. "Now I sleep like a baby every night."

Other users commented on the trucker's unique setup.

"Did he have an automatic toothpaste dispenser?" one user commented.

"I used to load and unload trucks and saw some absolutely killer setups. One guy basically had an RV," another user commented. "Huge TV, small kitchen with working stove, etc. he lived in it and didn't own a home."

"My childhood dream job," another wrote.

Others commented on the various techniques truckers have to keep themselves safe inside their cab while they sleep.

"I can't remember where, but I saw another video where a trucker put the rope for their horn out the window and closed it so if the door managed to be opened the horn would blare as an extra deterrent," one user commented. "Super cool to see all the safety tricks."

Newsweek reached out to u/Mint_Perspective for comment.

Recently, a San Diego tech company successfully designed a semi-truck trailer that did not require a driver behind the wheel. The trip was fully autonomous and could soon become more popular as other self-driving truck companies launch around the world.

Walmart also recently announced that they would start offering new truck drivers between $95,000 and $110,000 for their first year with the company's trucking fleet.

The announcement came as companies across the U.S. combat a shortage of about 80,000 semi-truck drivers, according to the American Trucking Association.