Navy Scientists Researching ‘Importance of Sleep on Warfighter Performance’

Posted March 22, 2016 at 6:45am

Armed with Science , the U.S. Defense Department’s Science Blog, reports that “sleep disruption is common among military personnel; often unavoidable during deployments, up-tempo operations, and other evolutions critical to mission success. Several studies indicate a large portion of military members do not routinely get the recommended seven or more hours of sleep each night. This increases the risk of developing insomnia and other sleep disorders.”  

“Scientists at the Naval Health Research Center’s (NHRC) Sleep and Fatigue Research Laboratory are studying the sleep concerns warfighters face. Their research addresses sleep throughout the continuum of military service; from the new recruit to the transition back to civilian life.”  

“There is currently no available ambulatory sleep monitoring device that is operationally-practical and capable of accurate, real-time auto-assessment and user feedback within operational settings. This capability gap has been identified at military workshops and meetings as a major obstacle to identifying sleep issues and managing fatigue. The availability of such a device would also allow for reliable at-home monitoring and the ability to gain awareness of how behaviors impact sleep quality before and after operational engagement.”