Some aviation officials and aeromedical specialist recommend controlled napping to help pilots alert; others say naps are not the answer. The U.S. Federal Aviation administration (FAA) does not permit napping by on duty flight crewmembers. Margaret Gillingham, FAA associate administrator for aviation safety said that fatigue could be managed through regulations and flight crew should be alert throughout the flight…

 

Many sleep researchers believe that plannned naps can be effective against fatigue, preventing many of the attention lapses and microsleeps encountered during long haul operations, with only one negative aspect: Post-nap grogginess.

** Read this interesting article published at AeroSafety World /Flight Safety Foundation
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     Linda Werfelman, Clarence E. Rash and Sharon D. Manning
    Aerosafety World (December 2009-January 2010)