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TRAINING FEATURES

Sleep Support
Training for Military Leaders

Sleep is critical for military personnel to ensure readiness, resilience, and mission success.

 

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

 

The program includes information about healthy sleep behaviors, sleep tracking, and setting attainable goals to improve sleep health.

 

This program 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 or are currently deployed sleep even less, fewer than five hours per night. This is significantly shorter than the recommended minimum of seven hours for adults.

ABOUT THE TRAINING

Evidence-based training helps support improved sleep.

 

Sleep Support Training is part of the Oregon Military Employee Sleep and Health (MESH) study. The study addressed sleep-related health and work-life stress among service members and their families. Study partners included the Oregon National Guard, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University, and Colorado State University. 

 

The program is made up of:

  • A one-hour online training program for managers.

  • A two-week behavior tracking exercise for managers.

  • Sleep tracking and goal setting exercises for employees.

  • Sleep tracking recommendations.

  • Resources for healthy sleep.

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Steps in the program

There are five steps in the Sleep Support Training program. Click on the links below for more information. 

  • 1. Getting Started
    The Safety & Health Improvement Program begins with a Start Guide. This guide introduces the program to your organization and provides step-by-step instructions on implementation. DOWNLOAD THE START GUIDE
  • 2. Online Supervisor Training
    The next step is the online supervisor training, an essential part of the program. ACCESS ONLINE TRAINING (60 min)
  • 3. Supervisor Behavior Tracking
    Supervisor behavior tracking is designed to help reinforce lessons learned in the training. Behavior tracking takes a few minutes a day and lasts for two weeks. Not only does this reinforce the training, it also helps track supportive supervisor patterns of interactions with employees. The Behavior Tracking Guide provides instructions and examples for tracking behaviors. Tracking can be done using the format in the tracking guide or your organization can use logs, journaling, or a behavior training phone app. It is up to you and your organization to choose the method that works best. DOWNLOAD BEHAVIOR TRACKING GUIDE
  • 4. Follow Up
    The final step is a group discussion where supervisors and their teams meet to brainstorm solutions to improve work practices, communication, and the work environment. This is an essential part of the program to ensure practices are embedded into everyday work. DOWNLOAD THE FOLLOW UP GUIDE

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The evidence behind the training

MULTIDIMENSIONALITY OF THE PROMIS® SLEEP DISTURBANCE 8B SHORT FORM IN WORKING ADULT POPULATIONS

Brossoit, R. M., Stark, H. P., Crain, T. L., Bodner, T. E., Hammer, L. B., Mohr, C. D. & Shea, S. A. (In Press). Multidimensionality of the PROMIS® Sleep Disturbance 8b Short Form in Working Adult Populations. Sleep Health. 

THE EFFECTS OF A TOTAL WORKER HEALTH® INTERVENTION ON WORKPLACE SAFETY: MEDIATING EFFECTS OF SLEEP AND SUPERVISOR SUPPORT FOR SLEEP

Brossoit, R. M., Hammer, L. B., Crain, T. L., Leslie, J. J., Bodner, T. E., & Brockwood, K. J. (2023). The Effects of a Total Worker Health® Intervention on Workplace Safety: Mediating Effects of Sleep and Supervisor Support for Sleep. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. 28(4) 263–276. 

FAMILY-SUPPORTIVE SUPERVISOR BEHAVIORS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS: A SECONDARY ANALYSIS ACROSS FOUR OCCUPATIONAL POPULATIONS

Bouleh, P.G., Allen, S.J., Hammer, L.B. (2022). Family-Supportive Supervisor Behaviors and Psychological Distress: A Secondary Analysis across Four Occupational Populations. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 19(13), 7845.

BEYOND JUST RESILIENCE: THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF WORK-FAMILY RESOURCES FOR SOLDIERS

Wong, J. R., Crain, T. L., Brossoit, R. M., Hammer, L. B., Bodner, T. E., & Brady, J.M. (2022). Beyond just resilience: The important role of work-family resources for soldiers. Occupational Health Science, 6, 425–450. 

EFFECTS OF A TOTAL WORKER HEALTH® LEADERSHIP INTERVENTION ON EMPLOYEE WELL-BEING AND FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENT

Hammer, L. B., Brady, J. M., Brossoit, R. M., Mohr, C. D., Bodner, T. E., Crain, T. L., & Brockwood, K. J. (2021). Effects of a Total Worker Health® Leadership Intervention on Employee Well-Being and Functional Impairment. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 26, 582–598.

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HAVE QUESTIONS?

If you'd like more information or have questions, be sure to reach out. We'd love to help.

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