I just had a look at the docs on
Where would you use this function?
Is it there to give the CPU a break in an expensive function?
Any common pitfalls?
One place where it finds use is to create a delay.
Lets say you've built a crawler that uses
file_get_contents to get remote pages. Now you don't want to bombard the remote server with too many requests in short time. So you introduce a delay between consecutive requests.
sleep takes the argument in seconds, its friend
usleep takes arguments in microseconds and is more suitable in some cases.