Verbal blunders and hoarse voices are common. General Wesley Clark bragged to his staff that he â€œhad not rested for a single day, unlike the other candidates.â€ But then Clark rapidly proved that lack of sleep impacts even generals â€” he stated at one campaign stop that he â€œdid not believe Al Qaeda was involved in September 11,â€ when he meant to say Saddam Hussein, according to an article in The New York Times.
No one is immune to the perils of sleep deprivation, says Dr. Martin Moore-Ede of Circadian Technologies. And it's smart to realize your limits. During World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill seemed never to sleep, making public appearances at 1 a.m. or 6 a.m. Little known was the fact that Churchill went to bed in his pajamas every afternoon for a long recuperative nap.