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Bipolar Disorder and Sleep Problems

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Get Better Sleep With Bipolar Disorder continued...

Of course, your doctor may recommend a change in medication if needed. Be sure to discuss any other drugs or medical conditions that may be affecting your sleep, such as arthritis, migraines, or a back injury.

Restoring a regular schedule of daily activities and sleep -- perhaps with the help of cognitive behavioral therapy -- can go a long way toward helping restore more even moods.

Steps like these may also help restore sleep:

  • Eliminate alcohol and caffeine late in the day.
  • Keep the bedroom as dark and quiet as possible and maintain a temperature that is not too hot or cold. Use fans, heaters, blinds, earplugs, or sleep masks, as needed.
  • Talk with your partner about ways to minimize snoring or other sleep habits that may be affecting your sleep.
  • Exercise, but not too late in the day.
  • Try visualization and other relaxation techniques.

 

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on March 28, 2013
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