Bethesda, Md—After days of prisoner-of-war
simulations that involved sleep deprivation, young US Army Special Forces
soldiers had trouble thinking, multitasking, and hitting targets accurately.
Asked if they could continue the grueling routine, however, all claimed, "Good
to go, sir!"
"Senior officers told us sleep is a sign of weakness," recalled one
of those soldiers, now US Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH.
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