Sleep of deathBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6937.1168 (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1168
- Ian H Robertson
BBC2 Horizon: “Against the Clock” 25 April
Question: What do Winston Churchill and a marmoset have in common?
Answer: They are both polyphasic strategists. Get it? Oh.
Well, a polyphasic strategist is someone who takes catnaps. And apart from helping you collect nuts and win wars, catnaps also stop you crashing airliners quite so readily. While British and European pilots are allowed to take little naps while flying us around, American pilots are not, even if there are several people perfectly capable of flying the plane crammed into the cockpit goggling at the same nothingness for hours at a stretch.
When American aircrew are allowed to take 40 minute planned …