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Medical News and Perspectives
May 26, 2004

Promoting Adequate Sleep Finds a Place on the Public Health Agenda

JAMA. 2004;291(20):2415-2417. doi:10.1001/jama.291.20.2415

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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