The US Military’s sleep research — and what does it say about what it does to young people in Basic training?

Slate.com: Night of the Living Meds — The U.S. military’s sleep-reduction program

What was interesting to me about this story is to see this in reverse. The studies mentioned here discuss how to combat problems from sleep deprivation. So why does the military engage in intentional sleep deprivation during Basic combat training? Soldiers often receive an average of 3-4 hours of sleep per night, for weeks at a time (and given the psychological trauma that many are dealing, the recruits can’t even sleep during those times). Surely this isn’t to improve performance (since the Army’s own studies show the opposite)? I can’t help but think that they are instead engaging in the favorite practice of cults, to deprive recruits of sleep to break down their will.

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