3 thoughts on “Sleeping Better with Bipolar Disorder

  • January 19, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    I understand all the pointers with sleeping better with Bipolar Disorder except drinking alcohol before bed time. It is my understanding that alcoholism is highly connected with many bipolar patients. Even without it I thought people with bipolar disorder have very addictive personality. This part does not make sense to me. I can just see my son jumping with joy knowing a doctor recommends this especially when he is in his manic cycle. Would you please explain why you would recommend this particular method?

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    • January 26, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      I think you misread the article. It does not say alcohol is okay. It causes more anxiety and can worsen insomnia. Every doctor I’ve ever seen recommends not drinking for bi-polar people, or street drugs for that matter. Bottom-line…you shouldn’t be drinking or doing drugs if you have bipolar disorder.

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  • August 26, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    I am 63, first diagnosed in my 20’s.
    I was a functioning electronic technician in the Navy with some serious problems, despite my pleas for treatment., it was return to duty. It initially manifested as inability to sleep. My med records notes 2 hr/day of sleep for months, as much 160/100 blood pressure. I felt terrible.
    I learned I needed a regular sleep schedule to adapt, but that really wasn’t possible.
    I was able to later get my release, but not in the best of terms (Honorable, but not medical).
    Had quite a bit of problems in the years out, very difficult. I thought my condition was my extreme anxiety and inability to sleep, I knew nothing of what bipolar was.
    4 years out though, a serious problem where I would up in Maryland’s Spring Grove State Hospital where I was given this drug Haldol and placed in a locked room in solitary. Now, very clear I was not confrontational whatsoever, just anxious and praying for something to help me sleep. I was not monitored and I had a serious reaction , almost a seizure. My neck tightened, my head twisted. A patient notified the staff of condition, which no doubt responded by only after a prolonged time having this condition. It took me years to somewhat recover from this. I have never fully.

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