The goal is to get the person’s sleep pattern to be as normal as possible with minimal use of sleep medication. I’m not feeling tired, which is nice I guess. It was by accident that Marian figured out walking could be more than just a mode of transportation or exercise. I can’t sleep So I’ve battled the usual insomnia for about 10 years, and I’m wondering- what do you guys do when you can’t sleep? Finally someone mentions at least one concrete method to fall asleep! “I self-medicated a lot with recreational drugs and with booze. If a consumer has problems with sleep, “the psychopathological process is still active,” emphasizes Dr. McElroy. Irregular sleep-wake schedule - When people with bipolar disorder have a lack of a sleep routine, the irregular cycle can greatly interfere with appropriate treatment of the disorder. Find out how to take the first steps. Here's some quick housekeeping. “I had trouble sleeping for years and years. As little as a week to my longest which was almost a month. (Female) Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns. Short answer: No idea. A safe haven for bipolar related issues. A safe haven for bipolar related issues. I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. Can’t sleep and it’s 4am and I will probably be awake all night. The various problems that Bill and Herb have faced with sleep issues typify the lives of many consumers who have bipolar. It’s December. How long does everyone’s mania/ hypomania last? I'm just so looking forward to today. I then take my morning meds with that first alarm. During that time, my energy from my stumulant meds kicks in and I can actually get up and move when the second alarm sounds. I also have sleep apnea. Sound sleep in our busy society can be an elusive dream with profound implications for the way we live. “Sleep-correcting drugs are sometimes part of the regimen for a bipolar patient,” Dr. McElroy reports, “but they are only adjuncts, not substitutes, for mood stabilizers. I’ve been trying to sleep for hours (was something i loved doing before this disorder), but I feel so wired. Moreover, chronic insomnia may affect 10 percent of the population. It just didn’t work. When pleasurable pastimes like shopping, gaming, or online socializing cross the line from enjoyable to excessive, it may be time to tame your overindulgences. Please do not use your full name, as it will be displayed. We are a community here not just a help page. I don’t know what is happening to me. I was having long depressive periods but I didn’t recognize depression as depression. Were you even able to eat all day? Sleep apnea, a serious breathing disorder, occurs during sleep and involves a partial or total obstruction of the upper airway and is not uncommon in overweight people. No harassment or abusive language will be tolerated. What will help are mood stabilizers. I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. I feel horrible. We have a really great piece of the internet due to users like all of you sharing your struggles and offering support. Be kind to fellow users. Be kind to fellow users. Engaging just brings everyone down. You can have any type of sleep disruption. “But be careful not to exercise strenuously too close to the sleep episode” because doing so can be too stimulating. If a person is taking one mood stabilizer and they have had a 75 percent reduction in their sleep difficulties, then they may need a second mood stabilizer. Usually that makes my anxiety go through the roof. We have a really great piece of the internet due to users like all of you sharing your struggles and offering support. A Sleep Researcher’s 4 Golden Rules For Good Sleep, The Science On Sleep: Why Not All Sleep Is Created Equal. Guided meditation, soft music, camomile tea. Report and move on. I have no energy. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns. Users aren't equipped to intervene. Standard sleep medications might help temporarily, but they will not treat the underlying problem, the bipolar disorder. For anyone facing a major stress (whether it’s the loss of a loved one or a job, or a chronic disorder such as a mental illness), “sleep hygiene becomes even more important,” says Dr. Maas. Be a part of something that cares about who you are. “The process of sleep, if given adequate time and the proper environment, provides tremendous power,” says James B. Maas, PhD, professor of psychology at Cornell University and author of Power Sleep: The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance (HarperCollins, 1999). Although consumers face many and varied sleep problems, sleep is an area of human experience where good choices and habits can greatly improve matters. No harassment or abusive language will be tolerated. “We always assess for sleep issues in evaluating and treating the disorder. Religiously checking Facebook. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Fun times. There have been a few setbacks, but I then resort to the previous time I’d been waking at until I feel comfortable bumping forward the alarm times another hour. I finally stumbled upon the idea of setting two alarms with one an hour before I really need to get up. Poor thing. I didn’t actually realize that I was depressed until I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 50 and started to study the illness. When I was depressed, I’d think instead that I’d just partied too hard and that I was hungover. Except that I can’t sleep. There are nights I only get 3 hours of sleep. I stay up for 48 hour’s than sleep for 3 hours and do it all over again. “I used to joke that I didn’t go to bed at night and get up in the morning, I passed out and came to,” says Bill, 65. I feel like I can do so much more and accomplish more, Thank you for your submission. I’m all out of that though, unfortunately. “You still feel tired even though you’ve been in bed for a full night. We are a community here not just a help page. I had a psychiatrist who (jokingly) told me that she personally believes that bipolar is just a sleep disorder and should be treated as such. Please report self-harm and suicide threats. Bill has the tranquilizer, he explains, “to use as I need it.