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Let sleeping judges lie

Richard Barr warns overworked solicitors about the dangers of sleep deprivation and the dire consequences of falling asleep on the job

12 July 2016

We all do it. Even
the famous and successful do it.
All members of the Leave campaign did it, but they might now not be doing it so much. Even Margaret Thatcher did it, but not a lot. Sometimes it creeps up on us unexpectedly. Sometimes it does not come to us, however much we try.

It would happen without warning to one of the partners
at a firm where I worked. He sat occasionally as a deputy district judge. During the afternoon sessions, the warmth of the courtroom would combine with the tedium of the proceedings and he would find himself gently nodding off.

Fortunately, he had a very attentive usher who was able to give him an unobtrusive prod with the long handle of a broom so that he could become fully alert - until the next time.

I am, of course, talking about the S word. In our frenetic lives, the one way of making more time for all the things we have
to do is to cut down on sleeping. I know of many eager and harassed youn...

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