Learn About Sleep

Overview

Optimal sleep is critical to mission success. In training and on the battlefield, inadequate sleep impairs essential abilities such as reaction times, the ability to detect and engage the enemy, and squad tactic coordination. When interviewed about the connections between sleep and mission readiness, Soldiers and military leaders consistently associated lack of sleep with accidents, poor morale, and impaired judgment. However, despite mission 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

October 16, 2017

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

October 06, 2017

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

October 06, 2017

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

October 06, 2017

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

October 06, 2017

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

October 06, 2017

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

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