Sleep I found plays a very big part in Bipolar Sufferers life. In my own experience when I battled the dark side of depression sleep was non existent. When I began to show signs of restless tossing and turning I knew depression had begun. On the other side if I was awake and could not sleep, but was energized and not tired I knew mania was on its way. My nights were busy, planning my future and my dreams were vivid.
Bipolar people at large find it difficult to fall asleep and find it hard to stay asleep. Patterns vary but some stay up late and can’t get up in the morning. There is a tendency to oversleep or on the other side insomnia happens during depression. Then again there is a decreased need for sleep without the tiredness. Bipolar and sleep problems go hand in hand either one sleeps to much or doesn’t get enough sleep. Antidepressants will make you sleepier but also have other side effects. Things that can assist your sleep are the following: Don’t have alcohol or cigarettes before bedtime. Try Melatonin a natural sleeping tablet. Cut out any caffeine products before bedtime. Limit light usage before bed, burn a bedside lamp instead of bedroom light. Take power naps in day time. If you can’t sleep, get up, read a book. Other things that may assist you get better sleep, is to practice meditation. Try light therapy, do yoga or acupuncture.