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The Performance Triad, composed of Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition will be foundational for Army Medicine's transformation to a System For Health. Health for the Army means we have Soldiers who are fit, ready and resilient. About one-third of life is spent working, another third with family and friends and another third sleeping.

Sleep is vital for health, performance, and well-being - and the better the sleep, the greater its benefits. This is why proper sleep hygiene practices (i.e. that promote optimal sleep duration and qualilty) are important for all adults.

Top 10 Sleep Habits for Adults

  1. Create a quiet, dark, comfortable sleeping environment.
  2. Use the bedroom only for sleep and sex.
  3. Stop caffeine at least 6 hours before bedtime.
  4. Don't drink alcohol before bed.
  5. Get your exercise in by early evening.
  6. Don't go to bed hungry.
  7. *Maintain a consisent regular routine that starts with a fixed wake-up time.
  8. *Get out of bed if you can't sleep.
  9. *Nap wisely (preferably in the late morning/early afternoon, for 30-60 minutes).
  10. *Move the bedroom clock to where you cannot see it.

*These sleep hygiene habits are especially critical for those experiencing sleep problems.