Academic journal article Military Review

Sleep Emphasis on Fort Carson

Academic journal article Military Review

Sleep Emphasis on Fort Carson

Article excerpt

A sleep experiment similar to 1st Infantry Division's drew praise from Army health officials, according to a story in the Denver Post. (1) In 2014, Fort Carson's leadership changed the standard duty day to allow soldiers to come into work later and conduct physical fitness training at the end of the day instead of first thing in the morning, as is the norm across the Army.

Col. Deydre Teyhen, the Army's assistant deputy chief of staff for public health, cited the Fort Carson program in an interview with Federal News Radio: "Our best example probably is at Fort Carson, where they started reverse-cycle physical training. They do PT at the end of the day instead of in the morning. Not only do they get more sleep, it allowed soldiers to help get the kids ready for school and spend some time with the family before everybody went out the door. It's been a huge success, not only for the families but for the soldiers, because we know that being sleep deprived by four hours decreases your maximum bench press by twenty pounds. …

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