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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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Blue-light-blocking lenses a potential breakthrough for warfighters

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4/7/2017
Airmen at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, are illuminated by the glow of the blue light from their computer screens. Blue light blocks the brain's production of melatonin, an important chemical that helps people sleep. New lenses developed by the Navy are designed to be worn for a couple of hours before bedtime and will block the blue light, allowing warfighters to get better sleep. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis)

New tinting for glasses could help service members get more sleep.

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Sleep, readiness go hand in hand

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3/28/2017
Despite the medically proven linkage between sleep and readiness, all too often sleep is viewed as a luxury by some service members. Getting a good night's sleep can result in increased productivity at work, as well as a reduction in injuries, errors and accidents. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)

Despite the medically proven linkage between sleep and readiness, all too often sleep is viewed as a luxury by some soldiers

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Sleep is not a luxury

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3/22/2017
Service members are expected to get less sleep as part of the job description, but outside of duty hours many don't get the necessary sleep when they can. (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can do

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Schedule Your Power Nap

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3/13/2017
Need to recharge? Don't lean on caffeine -- a power nap will boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity and energy level.

Need to recharge? Don't lean on caffeine -- a power nap will boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity and energy level.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Treatment Guide Active Duty U.S. Military

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3/13/2017
This infographic provides information on Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) diagnosis and treatment of active duty U.S. Armed Forces to help primary care providers screen high-risk individuals and encourage patients to explore OSA treatment options for managing this burden of disease. The data comes from an analysis of sleep apnea conducted from 2004 through 2016.  With appropriate diagnosis and treatment of OSA, this growing health concern for military populations can be effectively managed. OSA symptoms include snoring, gasping for breath during sleep, headaches, insomnia and daytime fatigue. During the surveillance period, OSA were highest in those aged 40 years or older, male non-Hispanic  black, obese, army service members, married, had more than one prior deployment or had completed 18 years or more of service.  The incidence rate among individuals aged 40 years or older was more than 3-fold higher in 2015 compared to 2004. Individuals serving 18 or more years had a 3-fold higher incidence rate of OSA in 2015, compared to 2004. The 12-year incidence rate in service members serving 18 years or more was more than 2-fold higher than those with 11-17 years of service.  Improved screening, referral, and treatment have been recommended for individuals who may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, in which OSA-associated fatigue and poor sleep quality can exacerbate symptoms.  Additionally, the STOP-BANG questionnaire for sleep apnea may help primary care providers to screen high-risk individuals and identify those whose symptoms warrant further evaluation. Individuals who suffer from OSA have increased rates of cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue, motor vehicle accidents, cognitive impairment, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Learn more about OSA and treatment options for managing this burden of disease by visiting Health.Mil/AFHSB

This infographic provides information on Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) diagnosis and treatment of active duty U.S. Armed Forces to help primary care providers screen high-risk individuals and encourage patients to explore OSA treatment options for managing this burden of disease.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Rates by Service, U.S. Armed Forces

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3/13/2017
This infographic documents an increase in the incidence of Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) diagnoses and associated attrition among U.S. service members over a 12-year surveillance period from 2004-2015. It also examines time to separation from military service after an incident of OSA diagnosis. Here are key facts about the OSA incidence rates by service: •	Rates of OSA were lowest in young service members, white non-Hispanics, Marines, air crew, and in those with less than five-years of service or no prior deployments. •	The category of pilots/ air crew consistently had the lowest OSA incidence rates, compared to all other occupations •	The annual incidence rates for the Army rose steadily from 2008 to 2015 and were higher during this period than the rates of the other services  The high percentage of cases diagnosed prior to separation from service is a concern because OSA as a large health and economic burden for the armed services is a treatable and partially preventable disease. For more information on OSA, appropriate screening and prevention strategies to improve both individual health and mission performance, visit Health.mil/AFHSB

This infographic documents an increase in the incidence of Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) diagnoses and associated attrition among U.S. service members over a 12-year surveillance period from 2004-2015. It also examines time to separation from military service after an incident of OSA diagnosis.

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Six ways to “spring performance forward”

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3/10/2017
Warmer temperatures and longer days mean more opportunities to get outside. Exercising outdoors can calm your nervous system, help you recover from stressful events, and improve your overall well-being. (DoD photo)

Six ways to leverage the longer periods of daylight and spring your performance forward.

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Up all night: How a new therapy helps military members get the sleep they need

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3/8/2017
Members of the military, whose jobs put them in situations where proper sleep is sometimes difficult, can be especially hard hit. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 10 percent of the general population has insomnia, but that number jumps to close to 25 percent in the military. (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Chronic insomnia goes beyond just the occasional restless night. The Military Health System is working to combat the problem affecting up to one out of every four troops.

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Can you get a good night’s sleep in the military?

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2/27/2017
Soldiers from the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment try to sleep during a 19-hour flight from Alaska to Australia. (U.S. Army photo by David Vergun)

The demands of military life are often at odds with proper rest

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Screen time impacts dream time

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2/8/2017
Time spent with smartphones, tablets, and computers can impact your ability to get healthy sleep. Turn off handheld devices and televisions at least two hours before bedtime. Try to avoid lying in bed and scrolling through social media and email before bedtime too. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Jamal Sutter)

Time spent with smartphones, tablets, and computers can impact your ability to get healthy sleep

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Essentials for workout motivation: Personalizing activities and socializing

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1/30/2017
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Identifying why you want to work out, what your goals are and what challenges you may face can help boost your motivation to work out, experts say

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DCoE hot-topic blogs of 2016

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12/30/2016
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Throughout 2016, the Defense Centers of Excellence addressed many issues related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury

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Madigan sleep service nationally recognized

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11/8/2016
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Bobby M. Scharton, a platoon sergeant with 17th Fires Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, lies down as Christopher Taylor, a sleep technician with Madigan Army Medical Center, checks sensor connections during a sleep study at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Sleep technicians connect 26 sensors to patients that measure eye and muscle movements, brain activity, heart rate and breathing. (U.S. Army photo)

Madigan Army Medical Center earned national recognition for the excellent care provided in its sleep service clinic

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10 tips to help foster healthy sleep habits

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9/6/2016
Army National Guard Soldiers catch a few minutes of sleep on board C-17 Globemaster III. Sleep is important for healthy brain function, emotional well-being and overall good physical health. But many service members and veterans are not getting the sleep they need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Heide Couch)

Sleep is important for healthy brain function, emotional well-being and overall good physical health

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A good NAPP is key to better sleep

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7/25/2016
Air Force Senior Airman Karen Machado takes a nap before going to a deployed location.

A new smartphone app will soon help warfighters get the sleep they need

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