Optimizing Sleep in the Military: Challenges and Opportunities

Vincent F. Capaldi, Thomas J. Balkin, Vincent Mysliwiec

Producción científica: Review articlerevisión exhaustiva

34 Citas (Scopus)


Historically, scientific knowledge gaps—including a lack of information regarding the minimum amount of sleep needed to sustain nominally adequate, militarily relevant performance, and nescience of the potential impact of chronic sleep restriction on health and psychological well-being—have hindered decision-making vis-à-vis sleep/alertness management in operational environments. However, against a backdrop of increasing awareness of the importance of sleep for sustaining both performance and health, military researchers are currently doing the following: (1) developing a comprehensive, individualized sleep/alertness management system to optimize the general effectiveness of military personnel (ie, without regard to the potential relationship between sleep and specific aspects of military performance, thus sidestepping what has historically been an impediment to development of such a system); and (2) investigating the prevalence, potentially unique etiology (eg, resulting from the interaction of long-term exposure to combat-related stressors and sleep restriction), and treatment of sleep disorders and comorbidities in the military population.

Idioma originalEnglish (US)
Páginas (desde-hasta)215-226
Número de páginas12
EstadoPublished - ene 2019
Publicado de forma externa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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