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Sleep Deprivation Is An Epidemic We Can’t Afford To Ignore
Each year, the United States sustains up to $411 billion in economic losses due to sleep deprivation, according to new study performed by RAND Corporation.
In fact, a recent Center for Disease Control study found more than one-third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. But insufficient sleep is not exclusively an American problem. Rather, it is the problem of major industrialized nations like the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, and Canada as well — the five countries on which RAND based its study.
“This is alarming as insufficient sleep has been found to be associated with a range of negative health and social outcomes, including success at school and in the labour market,” the report reads. “Over the last few decades, for example, there has been growing evidence suggesting a strong association between short sleep duration and elevated mortality risks.”
But no group knows this quite like the military.
According to Dr. Vincent Mysliwiec, who was interviewed by Van Winkle’s earlier this year, the Army’s top sleep specialist at Fort Hood, Texas, “Insomnia is the signature illness of military service.”
As a result of the extreme working conditions associated with military service, in a separate report RAND also found earlier this year that “only 37 percent of servicemembers sleep the recommended seven to eight hours per night, and nearly half the sample had clinically significant poor sleep quality.”
Sleep deprivation in the military not only presents broader health complications for individual service members, it is also dangerous in combat situations and detrimental to mission readiness.
But in the military, sleep presents something of a paradox. Service members are told they need to sleep but must also be ready to fight at a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, the exhaustion associated with that level of vigilance means that readiness suffers.
In order to fix these problems across the board, the RAND report recommends that individuals set consistent wake-up times, limit the use of electronic items before sleep, and exercise. In addition, employers should consider their hours of operation carefully and create brighter workspaces, while public authorities need to support health professionals in providing sleep-related help and consider the introduction of later school start times.
The new acting secretary of the Navy said recently that he is open to designing a fleet that is larger than the current 355-ship plan, one that relies significantly on unmanned systems rather than solely on traditional gray hulls.
President Donald Trump, speaking during a closed-door speech to Republican Party of Florida donors at the state party's annual Statesman's Dinner, was in "rare form" Saturday night.
The dinner, which raised $3.5 million for the state party, was met with unusual secrecy. The 1,000 attendees were required to check their cell phones into individual locked cases before they entered the unmarked ballroom at the south end of the resort. Reporters were not allowed to attend.
But the secrecy was key to Trump's performance, which attendees called "hilarious."
Riding the high of the successful event turnout — and without the pressure of press or cell phones — Trump transformed into a "total comedian," according to six people who attended the event and spoke afterward to the Miami Herald.
He also pulled an unusual move, bringing on stage Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who Trump pardoned last month for cases involving war crimes. Lorance was serving a 19-year sentence for ordering his soldiers shoot at unarmed men in Afghanistan, and Golsteyn was to stand trial for the 2010 extrajudicial killing of a suspected bomb maker.
Retired Col. Charles McGee stepped out of the small commercial jet and flashed a smile.
Then a thumbs-up.
McGee had returned on a round-trip flight Friday morning from Dover Air Force Base, where he served as co-pilot on one of two flights done especially for his birthday.
By the way he disembarked from the plane, it was hard to tell that McGee, a Tuskegee Airman, was turning 100.
The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would allow service members to seek compensation when military doctors make mistakes that harm them, but they would still be unable to file medical malpractice lawsuits against the federal government.
On Monday night, Congress announced that it had finalized the NDAA, which must be passed by the House and Senate before going to President Donald Trump. If the president signs the NDAA into law, it would mark the first time in nearly seven decades that U.S. military personnel have had legal recourse to seek payment from the military in cases of medical malpractice.
A major serving at U.S. Army Cyber Command has been charged with distributing child pornography, according to the Justice Department.
Maj. Jason Michael Musgrove, who is based at Fort Gordon, Georgia, has been remanded to the U.S. Marshals service, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia says.