Friday, January 13, 2012

A Well Rested Warfighter is an Effective Warfighter

A Well Rested Warfighter is an Effective Warfighter

The Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland is field testing a "Warfighter Sleep Kit".   The kit has fact sheets that explain how sleep deprivation affects a servicemember's ability to be mission-ready.

Capt. Elizabeth Montcalm-Smith writes that some short term effects of insomina include:  "decreased coordination and motor skills, inability to concentrate, impaired learning and decreased ability for decision-making."  Long term side effects of insomnia include:  " high blood pressure, obesity, and cardiovascular disease."  The kit also includes an eye mask, ear plugs, and a DVD.  The DVD has a sleep diary and a program to help identify and resolve common sleep issues (including those associated with shift work).

The Warfighter Sleep kit is sponsored by the Naval Medical Research Center as part of the Comprehensive Alertness Management in Military Operations initiative from the Defense Safety Oversight Council.
For a photo of the sleep kit and the full article, please see Warfighter Sleep Kit.

--Megan

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