Split-Sleeper Explained

January 24, 2019 Comments: 0

As stated on the FMCSA’s Interstate Truck Driver’s Guide to Hours of Service, a driver is allowed to “Split” his 10 hour reset break into two segments, with work activity in between, in order to satisfy the 10 hour break requirement.


The two seperate Split-Sleeper segments can be either:

  • Minimum 8 hours in sleeper and minimum 2 hours in sleeper / off duty or combination of both.
    • OR
  • Minimum 2 hours in sleeper / off duty or combination of both and Minimum 8 hours in sleeper.

The 8 hours in sleeper segment essentially “Pauses” the clock and DOES NOT count against your 14 hour work day, making the work day longer. The 2 hours combination portion DOES count against your 14 hour day.

It’s important to note, once both segments are completed, the new 14 hour day starts from the end of the first segment, whichever portion that is.


For the FMCSA’s Interstate Truck Driver’s Guide to Hours of Service, please click here.

Source: Federal Register Section 395.1 (g)

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