Christina discusses how sleep affects a woman's ability to cope with postpartum depression.
Sleep is crucial in the ability to cope with anything. I am starting to believe that it’s probably the biggest, most important factor in coping. When we don’t have enough sleep, we cannot think clearly; we can’t make proper decisions; we can’t cope with life.
There’s a lot of research, even, that shows that with sleep deprivation, it’s like being drunk, is kind of how you can compare it. So if someone’s drunk on alcohol, they are not going to make proper decisions. They are not going to think clearly. They are not going to be able to execute things the way that they could if they were not on a substance, and the same goes for sleep.
So in this busy, fast-paced life we might think it’s no big deal if we miss an hour or two here or there, but the truth is that those hours actually can compound and cause a sleep loss that’s profound and affecting the way that you deal with life, and it’s so simple just to go take a nap, and then you will be able to cope a lot better.
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