How Do Soldiers In The Indian Army Deal With Sleep Deprivation?
Hello Defence Lovers, Soldiers in Army undergo a very tough training of 36 to 40 weeks (varies from country to country but it is an average). In this period they complete many training activities and undergo such conditions like sleepless nights, low oxygen conditions and they get used to these conditions so that this doesn’t remain a big deal for them. For civilians like us, it is impossible as our brain gets tired and starts hallucinating. Even if they can’t get seven to nine hours of snooze time a night, there are tricks, below, that soldiers can use to reduce the effects of sleep deprivation, stay alert and perform well on the job.
(1.) Nap and Use Every Minute:
- Even taking a 20-minute afternoon snooze once a day can hugely improve how the body performs, both physically and mentally. Since it’s hard for soldiers in combat to get a full night’s rest, they try to catch their winks at every opportunity.
- Often you are told that there will be only a “five minute break” and you might think that this is not enough time for a nap-you are wrong. Usually, these five minute breaks stretch and stretch and become twenty minutes or half hour breaks. You’ll regret that you haven’t tried to sleep in the first place.
- Just like soldiers do, get the most out of every nap by nixing excessive alcohol and nicotine pre-nap, eating carbohydrates before sleeping and protein after waking, avoiding interruptions by using the toilet first, and getting as comfortable as possible.
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(2.) Stay Physically Fit:
- Of course, it’s important for soldiers to be strong and fast in combat, so they can lift heavy weaponry, dodge bullets, and beat the bad guys. But there’s another reason: The higher their level of fitness, the better soldiers are able to cope with fatigue. This is another reason it’s so important for troops to be fit before deploying on operations. And the rule works for civilians too—the more fit you are, the better you’ll be able to deal with not getting enough sleep after a rough night.
(3.) Experience Sleep Deprivation During Training:
- The more troops understand the effects of sleep deprivation early on, the more equipped they’ll be to continue performing at a high level while suffering from it. Exposing soldiers to fatigue in a training environment teaches them how it affects them and their performance. Learning the consequences in a protected environment will help them identify the issues caused by sleep deprivation, so that they can know how deal with them before reaching combat. Likewise, understanding why you’re tired can help you power through the day.
- Sleep deprivation training is, or should be, part and parcel of military training, not only for elite troops, but for anyone who could be in combat. The real adage is not “Train hard, fight easy” but “Train hard, or you’ll die easy”…
(4.) Master Skills:
- When soldiers are sleep deprived, they need to rely on their instincts. Being able to complete tasks automatically means they can do so under stress—without having to think hard. Whether it’s being an experienced driver to stay on course behind the wheel or nailing down your tasks at the office, you can copy that tactic too.
(5.) Rely on Fellow Soldiers
- Teamwork, strong leadership, and high morale will keep people working longer and harder under tough conditions. Sleep deprivation can trigger moodiness and short tempers, leading to personal conflicts and lower morale, so having a strong foundation as a team is key. While you probably aren’t part of a platoon, you can build your own network by relying on your family and friends for a boost when you’re tired.