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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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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
People participate in a Zumba class dance – a Latin-inspired workout that helps burn calories while dancing.

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)

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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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Sleep cycles

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6/22/2016
U.S. Army Rangers, rest for a moment in between events during the Best Ranger Competition 2016, at Fort Benning, Ga., April 16, 2016. The competition is a three-day event consisting of challenges that test competitor's physical, mental, and technical capabilities. The Rangers compete for nearly sixty hours with little or no sleep, and must rest intermittently for minutes at a time while waiting to begin their next event. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Justin P. Morelli)

You’ll feel more rested waking up at the end of a sleep cycle

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Resources help new military moms gain resiliency against post-partum depression

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5/23/2016
New mothers can sometimes feel overwhelmed, which can sometimes result in post-partum depression.

Feeling the “baby blues” is common for new moms. But it could develop into post-partum depression. Experts offer tips on how to recognize it and how to prevent it.

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Effect of smartphones on vision and health of service members

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3/28/2016
Sleeplessness is just one of several potential outcomes from the extended use of smartphones.

VA Optometrist talks about the impact using smartphones can have on our vision and long-term health

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