Best Sleep Habits for Soldiers 

Signs of Insufficient Sleep:Performance Triad Sleep                                                                                                          

  • Struggling to stay awake during mission breaks, guard duty, or driving
  • Difficulty understanding or tracking information
  • Attention lapses
  • Irritability, decreased initiative/motivation

Overcoming Sleep Distractors:

  • Nap as much as possible to get 7-8 hours of sleep every 24 hours.
  • If tactically permitted, use soft foam earplugs and a sleep mask or room fan to block noise/light.
  • Do not use any drugs (prescription or over-the-counter) to help you sleep unless you are taking them under the guidance of your healthcare provider.

Best Sleep Habits for Soldiers

  • Sleep 7-8 hours every 24 hours.
  • No caffeine within 6 hours of lights out.
  • Finish PT 3 hours before lights out.
  • Establish a wind-down routine starting 30-60 minutes before lights out. Stop using electronics. Read or listen to relaxing music instead.
  • Empty your bladder just before lights out so the need to urinate won't interrupt your sleep.
  • Sleep in a safe, quiet place: if tactically permitted, use soft foam earplugs or a fan to block sounds; use a sleep mask to block light.
  • Wake up at the same time every day of the week.
  • If you still have sleep problems 2 weeks after correcting your sleep habits, talk to your healthcare provider.

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