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Military Sleep Support Training

Sleep Support Training for Military Leaders is a program that trains participants in family supportive behaviors and sleep strategies.


The program includes information for all service members that outlines healthy sleep behaviors, sleep tracking, and setting attainable goals to improve sleep health.


This training was developed through the Oregon Military Employee Sleep & Health (MESH) Study and is applicable to all branches of the armed forces and all levels of leadership.



On average, 60% of service members sleep fewer than six hours per night.


Those who have been previously or are currently deployed sleep even less, at fewer than five hours per night. Either of these is significantly shorter than the recommended minimum of seven hours for adults.

Source: Good, C. H., Brager, A. J., Capaldi, V. F., & Mysliwiec, V. (2020). Sleep in the United States Military. Neuropsychopharmacology, 45(1), 176–191.

On average


of service members sleep fewer than 6 hours a night.


Evidence-based training helps support improved sleep


The Sleep Support Training was developed as a result of the Military Employee Sleep and Health (MESH) studyConducted with the Oregon National Guard by Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University, and Colorado State University, it addressed the issues of sleep-related health and work-life stress amongst service members and their families.


In this training, participants will learn about family supportive behaviors, leadership strategies, healthy sleep behaviors, sleep tracking, and setting attainable goals to improve sleep health. 


The program is made up of the following:

  • A one-hour online training session for leaders.

  • A two-week behavior tracking exercise for leaders.

  • Sleep tracking and goal setting exercise for all personnel.

  • Sleep tracking recommendations.

  • Resources for healthy sleep.

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Steps in the program

There are five steps in the Sleep Support Training for Military Leaders program. Each step provides links for easy access to training resources and information. 


The Evidence Behind the Training


Reference: Sianoja, M., Crain, T. L., Hammer, L. B., Bodner, T., Brockwood, K. J., LoPresti, M., & Shea, S. A. (2020). The relationship between leadership support and employee sleep. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 25(3), 187–202.

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