Sleep, nutrition, and exercise—these are the 3 “pillars” of good health in the Army’s Performance Triad, a major public health campaign to support the well-being and readiness of soldiers.
The first of its kind, the Performance Triad gives Soldiers research-based information and tools to take care of their health and achieve high performance levels. The Army is taking the research on sleep’s role in physical and mental health, strength, and performance seriously. Soldiers are versed in the merits of good sleep and how affects them. For example,
The Army has adopted 7-8 hours in a 24-hour period as their sleep recommendation, but many solders get only 6 hours of sleep or less. Sleep loss impairs their decision making, judgment, ability to assess threats, and coordinate tactics. To establish a healthy foundation of sleep before, during, and after deployment, the Army recommends soldiers adopt good sleep practices, such as:
Sleep is increasingly seen as a core component of health. The Army’s is adopting the latest science and clinical wisdom around sleep—calling it a “secret weapon.”