Many people believe that it is better to get a good night’s sleep before making an important (or difficult) decision. However, sleeping after experiencing a traumatic event may be an entirely different matter. According to new research, sleeping following a traumatic event might only serve to lock in bad memories and emotions. The inability to sleep after experiencing trauma may be indicative of a biological response. In short, it may be a healthy response that enables us to get past traumatic events. That doesn’t mean that anyone should avoid sleep just because he or she had a bad day. However, it may be better to absorb (and/or talk about) disturbing events fully rather than take a sleeping pill.
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P.S. By processing emotion, we learn how to cope.