After a very busy working day on Monday I was feeling pleased with myself.
In spite of some remnants of “jet lag” from last week, my determination to clear the decks before a short break had me ticking those boxes on the good old “to do” list.
At 4.30pm I decided to take a short siesta, to be woken by my daughters at 6.00pm for dinner.
Then watched a movie just to “chill” and went back to bed at about 10.30pm.
Sleep? Not a chance.
The “issues” of my life began to swirl around the room, occasionally swooping down to proverbially flick my ear and stop me from going to sleep.
At midnight I went for a wander around the apartment and made tea and toast.
At 2.00am I got up and started answering the overnight emails from the USA.
At 3.00am I settled down to read another chapter of The 8th habit, in the spare bedroom which doubles as my Italian office – with a glass of whiskey in hand.
At 4.30am I turned out the lights and fell into a troubled sleep, to be woken at 7.30am by the alarm I had set the night before.
Insomnia – the legacy of self-employment and the choice to live an extra-ordinary life.
Double jet-lag today.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.