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Certain bipolar medications may also affect sleep as a side effect. For example, they may disrupt the sleep-wake cycle. One way to address this is to move bedtime and waking time later and later each day until you reach your desired goal. Two other ways to handle this situation are bright light therapy and use of the hormone melatonin.

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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