Military Sleep Management: An Operational Imperative

Vincent Mysliwiec, Robert J. Walter, Jacob Collen, Nancy Wesensten

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Sleep is critical for military operational readiness but is commonly disregarded during operational planning. The start of combat operations with Operation Iraqi Freedom saw a dramatic rise in diagnosis rates of clinically significant sleep disorders among officers and enlisted. This coincided with a parallel rise in behavioral health disorders. In this article, the etiology of sleep problems and sleep disorders in our military population is reviewed, and guidance is provided for improving sleep health in our military population. It is our view that appropriate sleep planning and management affords military units and commanders a near-term tactical advantage in terms of maintaining alertness, a midterm tactical advantage of decreasing susceptibility to sleep and behavioral health disorders, and a long-term strategic advantage with increased readiness and resiliency of their Soldiers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-134
Number of pages7
JournalU.S. Army Medical Department journal
Issue number2-16
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2016


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