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“Having good overall health can only help someone who is dealing with a chronic illness, especially one like bipolar disorder, which can drastically change someone’s sleep patterns.”
“Getting the right amount of sleep is one of the biggest challenges that bipolar people face. Manic people can go on little or no sleep for lengthy periods, while people in the grips of bipolar depression might have trouble either getting too much sleep or not sleeping at all.”
“Going without sleep, either intentionally or accidentally, can even kick someone into a manic episode.”
“Figuring out how to get the right amount of sleep can be a big part of managing bipolar disorder.“
“There are several ways a person with bipolar disorder can attempt to get regular sleep without resorting to more medication—of which they could already be taking a great deal. These methods, overall, are known as sleep hygiene.”
* “One step is establishing a regular time to go to sleep at night and to wake up in the morning. Establishing this routine gives a person with bipolar guidance that can help them keep on track with their attempts to sleep properly.”
* “Having such patterns with sleeping and other daily functions has also been shown to help keep moods in check.”
* “Another goal is ensuring that the bedroom, as much as possible, is a place only for sleep. Limit other activities in the bedroom.”
* “Sleep hygiene also entails making the bedroom as comfortable as possible, from having the right kind of bed and pillows to suit your tastes, to eliminating light, noise and other distractions.”
* “Try to limit alcohol and caffeine use before bedtime. Both can make it harder to get restful sleep.”
* “It is also a good idea to keep a few hours between exercise and bedtime. A workout can make it easier to sleep, but also has energizing effects that can make it hard to sleep if the two events are too close together.”
* “Otherwise, try to start winding down before bedtime. Take a warm bath, do some pleasure reading or something else that will help you relax before sleep.”
“There are few if any side effects to getting enough sleep. However, if sleep aids are necessary, there are risks involved:”
The Cycle of Mental Illness
This is a very important and informative article, and my one wish is for everyone to get just one person to read it with you.
“I’m glad you’re feeling well.” I lie. She’s not well. We all know it, but she feels great. Some synapse in her brain rapidly fires over and over and sends her on a temporary high. A high that she feeds on, that she enjoys, that makes her look “crazy” to the outside world, but just fragile, porcelain plunging to tile about to shatter in a million pieces, to me. She will break. Soon. So I brace myself. And I hold onto her happy, to her synthetic high with all of my force from behind my phone.”
It starts again. The cycle. The never ending punch in the gut, jolt to the heart, baffling cycle.
The first stage:
“Have you talked to mom?” The question I hate to hear when one of my four brothers calls.
“Yes.” I close my eyes before I ask, “Why?”
“She just seems,” Sigh, “Out of it.”
“No. I haven’t noticed.” I lie.
Then I end the call and pretend it never happened. I go about my day. I play with my children. We do homework. I cook dinner for my family, a mediocre, limp mess that we call a meal. I sit in my chair at the kitchen table, fork some food into my mouth, chew, and swallow, all the while trying to push her illness away from my reality. I smile at my son as he tells me something really important about one of his Lego Star Wars characters…
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