Battlefield Sleep Deprivation

Effects of Battlefield Sleep Deprivation
Sleep deprivation is a common tactic used against our enemies to massively reduce casualties and achieve success on the battlefield. Sleep deprivation can significantly impact physical performance, a soldier’s alertness, and their ability to perform. Its effects can be the difference in winning or losing the battle. Our military believes, that with proper research they can come up with ways to keep soldiers alert and effective on the battlefield. It’s a race between nations to have the edge over the enemy.
(“Night”) When planning campaigns, battlefield commanders need to weigh carefully on the effects of sleep deprivation to reach maximum effectiveness of their forces in an extended period of sleep deprivation. One of the most well known commanders who used the tactic of sleep deprivation was General George Patton. General Patton’s sleep deprivation tactic was used to push the enemy to sheer exhaustion. This type of tactic is now used in almost all battles. The point is to push the enemy as hard as possible, which in turn limits their loses and allows them to reach the goal first. When used properly it can cause the enemy to make irrational decisions, have blurred vision, and impaired coordination. These effects would be detrimental on the battlefield. When overtaking an enemy, soldiers would want the enemy to have blurred vision so the enemy couldn’t shoot as accurate, and in hand to hand combat impaired coordination would affect the enemy’s reaction time. Just imagine taking a handful of painkillers and trying to fight someone; that’s the kind of reaction time soldiers might have.
(“Night”) The use of supplements to cure sleep deprivation and improve physical performance is common among combat soldiers. The post ex-change at most military bases is stocked with popular supplements. Soldier’s coolers are stocked prior to patrol with cases of energy drinks, honey buns, sodas, and many other snacks packed with sugars....