Sleep manipulation prior to airborne exercises

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Airborne operations may demand an intense level of activity prior to parachuting. In addition the movement of troops to the theatre of operations may well involve the crossing of several time zones. These factors may well deprive the troops of sleep. Furthermore, a parachute assault may well be at night leading to a long period without rest. Scheduled sleep may help ameliorate this sleep deprivation. Studies have shown that daytime sleep prior to overnight activity can improve performance. A study was undertaken to see whether temazepam would improve daytime sleep during a scheduled rest period compared to placebo. The results showed a significant increase in the average sleep period in the group taking 20mg and 10mg of temazepan compared to placebo. The quality of sleep was also improved yet there was no difference in subjective alertness between the groups six hours post ingestion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-6
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1991


  • Aerospace Medicine
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Humans
  • Military Personnel
  • Sleep/drug effects
  • Task Performance and Analysis
  • Temazepam/pharmacology
  • United Kingdom


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