Learn About Sleep

Overview

Adequate sleep is critical to mission success. In training and on the battlefield, inadequate sleep impairs many mission-critical abilities such as reaction time, the ability to detect and engage the enemy, and squad tactic coordination – to name but a few. When interviewed about the connections between sleep and mission readiness, Soldiers and military leaders consistently attribute accidents, poor morale, and impaired judgment to sleep loss. However, despite mission-relevant performance degradation resulting from sleepiness, a culture of suboptimal sleep and a perception that lack of sleep is "the Army way" prevails in the force.



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Introduction to Sleep

February 13, 2020

Everyone

Sleep is vital for health, performance, and well-being. Sleep sustains the brain’s capabilities for success on and off the battlefield. With quality sleep, Soldiers prepare themselves to excel mentally and physically. Continue Reading

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Managing Sleep and Shift Work

February 13, 2020

Everyone

Sleep loss and insufficient sleep associated with Charge of Quarters (CQ), Staff Duty, and shift work places Soldiers at risk for motor vehicle or work-related accidents and impairs decision-making and alertness. Continue Reading

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Sleep Tactics for Sustained Operations

February 13, 2020

Military

Planning for sleep in training and tactical environments is a core leader competency. Leaders must know the sleep-work cycles of their Soldiers, particularly when they are working shifts, are in operational environments, or outside standard duty hours. Continue Reading

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Sleep Deprivation Countermeasures

February 13, 2020

Everyone

Lapses in focus from sleep deprivation can result in accidents or injury. Alterations in mood affect our ability to acquire new information and subsequently to remember that information. Continue Reading

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Sleep Tactics for Time Zone Travel

February 13, 2020

Everyone

The brain cannot rapidly adjust to time zone changes. This results in jet lag, which is characterized by impaired sleep during new local night and difficulty staying awake during new local day. Continue Reading

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Sleep and Children

February 13, 2020

Children and Teens

A good night’s sleep is essential to children’s health, development, and performance in school. Children’s sleep needs depend on their age group. Babies need the most sleep and spend about half of their sleep time dreaming. Teens need at least 9–10 hours. Continue Reading

Sleep for health during COVID19

Sleep and COVID-19

March 31, 2020

Everyone

Maintaining good sleep practices during COVID-19 is important for ensuring optimal health. Inadequate sleep, especially during times of stress can lead to fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Continue Reading

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