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Getting sufficient rest each night ensures optimal mental performance and can help alleviate stress. Sleep also physically restores your body and strengthens your immune system against illness and disease. Visit the following sites for information on the importance of sleep and how to ensure you’re getting enough.

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Army Medicine, national partners discuss sleep effects on health, readiness

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, surgeon general of the Army, discusses sleep issues raised by the documentary "Sleepless in America." From left to right, Timothy Morgenthaler, president, American Academy of Sleep; Ben S. Howard; Horoho; Mark R. Rosekind, National Transportation Safety Board; and Charles A. Czeisler, chairman, National Sleep Foundation. In the documentary, Howard shared his personal story of tragedy related to sleeplessness. Three members of Howard's family were killed in an accident after being hit by a drowsy driver.

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., hosted a gathering of the nation's leading experts on sleep on Nov. 13 to discuss sleep and its impact on health. The occasion was an advance showing of "Sleepless in America," a National Geographic documentary that premiered on Nov. 30.

Read More Related Topics: Operation Live Well, Sleep

Studies Link Lack of Sleep to Greater Suicide Risk

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Three out of four deployed service members have trouble sleeping, a particular concern for the Military Health System since recent studies show that getting enough sleep has a direct correlation to preventing suicidal thoughts.

Read More Related Topics: Suicide Prevention Month, Suicide Prevention Awareness, Behavioral and Mental Health Treatments, Sleep

New Clinical Recommendations to Treat TBI-Related Sleep Problems Released

A service member undergoes a sleep study at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma, Wash. on Nov. 22, 2013.

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center has released new clinical recommendations and support tools to assist in the identification and treatment of a sleep disturbance occurring in patients after a concussion (mild traumatic brain injury or mTBI). The suite of products assists health care providers in the identification of a sleep problem and provides recommendations for its treatment.

Read More Related Topics: Traumatic Brain Injury, Sleep, Behavioral and Mental Health Treatments

Army Doc Sheds Pounds with Performance Triad

Col. John O'Brien runs in a triathlon.

Army Doc Sheds Pounds with Performance Triad

Read More Related Topics: Men's Health, Nutrition, Sleep, Physical Activity, Operation Live Well, 2014: A Year in Military Health, Health Care Operations

Old Drug Brings New Promise for PTSD-related Nightmares

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Every day, thousands of American service members relive the trauma of war in their sleep. They hear explosions, see the carnage of battle erupt around them and feel the crushing weight of a painful combat memory resurface in their dreams. Unfortunately, frequent nightmares are common among service members with post-traumatic stress disorder. Moreover, they disrupt sleep, which can magnify the daytime symptoms of PTSD and stymie the recovery process significantly.

Read More Related Topics: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Sleep, Behavioral and Mental Health Treatments
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