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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 U.S. military's withdrawal from northeast Syria is looking more like Dunkirk every day.
On Wednesday, the U.S. military had to call in an airstrike on one of its own ammunition dumps in northern Syria because the cargo trucks required to safely remove the ammo are needed elsewhere to support the withdrawal, Task & Purpose has learned.
Retired two-star Navy. Adm. Joe Sestak is the highest ranking — and perhaps, least known — veteran who is trying to clinch the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
Sestak has decades of military experience, but he is not getting nearly as much media attention as fellow veterans Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). Another veteran, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) has dropped out of the race.
After preliminary fitness test scores leaked in September, many have voiced concerns about how women would fare in the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
The scores — which accounted for 11 of the 63 battalions that the ACFT was tested on last year — showed an overall failure rate of 84% for women, and a 70% pass rate for men.
But Army leaders aren't concerned about this in the slightest.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Three U.S. diplomats have been removed from a train and briefly questioned by Russian authorities in the sensitive Arctic shipyard city of Severodvinsk, near the site of a mysterious explosion in August that killed five nuclear workers.
Russia's Interfax news agency reported on October 16 that the diplomats were taken off the train that runs between Severodvinsk and Nyonoksa around 6 p.m. on October 14.
The U.S. Coast Guard had ordered the owner of an illegal 45-foot charter boat, named "Sea You Twerk," to stop operating.
He didn't, the Coast Guard said.
Now, Dallas Lad, 38, will serve 30 days in federal prison, a judge ruled Friday. When he is released, Ladd of Miami Beach, who pleaded guilty, will not be able to own or go on a boat for three years.