One common problem with Bipolar Disorder is the inability to sleep during different phases of the illness.
Sometimes it can be difficult to avoid things that hinder good sleep habits – work, holiday time, and family issues. To maintain good sleep habits there are many things you can do to make your sleep habits easier.
These are ways to help with sleep habits:
Keep away from activities that require a good amount of thinking just before bedtime.
Stay away from caffeine. Caffeine blocks adenosine which occurs naturally in the body to help you sleep.
Have a bedroom that is free of sound, lights and high temperatures – people tend to sleep better in cooler temperatures.
Try not to go to bed hungry. Smaller snacks can help this hunger, while large meals just before bedtime can prohibit sleep from occurring.
Try to maintain a set time you go to bed and a scheduled wake up time. Try to maintain this schedule during the holidays or vacation time.
Avoid daytime naps. This can make it hard to fall asleep later in the evening. This also disrupts a regular sleep routine.
Having a routine each night that brings you closer to sleep such as reading before bed, listening to soft music or taking a warm shower to help you relax before attempting to sleep.
These methods to maintain a good sleep pattern are useful for those who have problems sleeping.