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What are some steps to help with sleep if you have bipolar disorder?

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Steps like these may help you sleep better if you have bipolar disorder:

  • Eliminate alcohol and caffeine late in the day.
  • Keep the bedroom as dark and quiet as possible. Keep it a temperature that's not too hot or cold.
  • Talk with your partner about ways to minimize snoring or other sleep habits that may affect your sleep.
  • Exercise, but not too late in the day.
  • Try visualization and other relaxation techniques.
  • Try to unplug from the TV, laptop or your phone earlier.

SOURCES:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Sleepless in America: Are You Moody or Irritable?;"  "Sleepless in America: Information for Families;" and "Sleepless in America: What's Keeping You Up All Night?"

Fieve, R. , Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II:Enhance Your Highs, Boost Your Creativity, and Escape the Cycles of Recurrent Depression--The Essential Guide to Recognize and Treat the Mood Swings of This Increasingly Common Disorder

Harvey, A. , 2005. American Journal of Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 1, 2017

SOURCES:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Sleepless in America: Are You Moody or Irritable?;"  "Sleepless in America: Information for Families;" and "Sleepless in America: What's Keeping You Up All Night?"

Fieve, R. , Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II:Enhance Your Highs, Boost Your Creativity, and Escape the Cycles of Recurrent Depression--The Essential Guide to Recognize and Treat the Mood Swings of This Increasingly Common Disorder

Harvey, A. , 2005. American Journal of Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 1, 2017

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