As we've been writing on this blog lately, there arelong-term  and short-term  practices to remain alert and avoid becoming drowsy on the road.
The long-term practices are to get a good, healthy diet; sleep on a regular schedule, at least 7 hours a night (or day, if you work the graveyard shift); and exercise regularly to stay physically fit.
The short-term practices are more detailed. And we can all take a hint from truck drivers, who are experts in driving long distances and staying awake.
Underlying both the short-term and long-term practices is judicious use of caffeine. If you rely too much on caffeine, one study finds , you run the risk of crashing. For truckers who get a good, healthy amount of caffeine, another study found , they can avoid crashes and save lives.
For many truckers, the fight to stay awake is a daily (or nightly) one.
You should follow the long-term tips ofgetting a good diet, exercising plenty, and getting on a good sleep schedulethat we at Viter Energy Mints outlined in this blog to help truckers. Those three strategies, plusjudicial use of caffeine, can save lives.
For some short-term tips on staying awake on the road, read on.
Truckers have a way to help save their lives and the lives of others: caffeine. A 2013 study found that truckers who consume caffeine are 63% less likely to crash . The American Association for the Advancement of Science writes:
Long distance commercial drivers who consume caffeinated substances such as coffee or energy drinks, to stay awake while driving, are significantly less likely to crash than those who do not, even though they drive longer distances and sleep less, finds a study published today onbmj.com.
Do you find yourself heading to the coffee-maker straight from bed? Then you’re one of 62% Americans who drink coffee every single day. Call it a morning ritual or a habit that can’t be shaken, but it’s pure unadulterated java love. But are you addicted to it? Here's how you'll know if you are and how to dial it down.
Coffee is the top-of-mind source of caffeine, which is a natural substance that’s considered a stimulant, something that promotes alertness. It can heighten mood and make you happy, improve reaction time, and elevate mental performance. 
Microdosing has become so popular these days – and for all the right reasons. A trend in Silicon Valley, microdosing has a become a common practice of ingesting minimal doses of a substance – say one-tenth or one-twentieth of what’s normal.
The point is to reap all the positive effects of a substance and steer clear of the negative. Microdosing is perceived to boost cognitive functions – such as improve concentration – and increase energy levels.
The practice has been perceived to be so effective that some have repurposed and applied it to caffeine.
Caffeine is NOT addictive, but it sure is habit-forming. You don’t hear about coffee addicts robbing stores and hijacking motorists to get money for a fix. That’s because while caffeine does cause dependence, it isn’t in the same category as opiates or alcohol.
Considered as supplements, these are your caffeine fix taken in capsule form. They may have natural caffeine straight from the brewing process, while others may have synthetic or artificial caffeine.
Caffeine pills provide the same stimulating benefits as coffee and other caffeine beverages.
Note that caffeine pills aren’t exactly those caffeine powder you see in bulk from the retail stores. In fact, the US Food and Drug Administration or FDA considers caffeine powder as “potentially dangerous.”  Caffeine pills are generally safe, though there are some precautions to note, which we’ll talk about later.