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How To Prevent Insomnia With Bipolar Disorder


How do you prevent insomnia with Bipolar Disorder?  According to, the following information can be noted about insomnia:

According to guidelines from a physician group, insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep and usually experience one or more of the following symptoms: fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and decreased performance in work or at school.

This article will provide tips for individuals with Bipolar Disorder to prevent the occurrence of Bipolar Disorder.

What Causes Insomnia?

However, on a first note, what causes insomnia?  According to, insomnia can be caused by the following:

Insomnia can be caused by psychiatric and medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits, specific substances, and/or certain biological factors. Recently, researchers have begun to think about insomnia as a problem of your brain being unable to stop being awake (your brain has a sleep cycle and a wake cycle—when one is turned on the other is turned off—insomnia can be a problem with either part of this cycle: too much wake drive or too little sleep drive). It’s important to first understand what could be causing your sleep difficulties.


If you are experiencing racing thoughts at night with Bipolar Disorder, get up and sit at your desk and journal.  Racing thoughts obviously will prevent you from sleeping at night.  Therefore, you need to prevent these racing thoughts from occurring.  One way is to journal.  Try journaling before you go to bed.  This will enable you to understand what you are thinking and feeling and better understand yourself.  This will prevent your insomnia from increasing.

Lavender Oil

In addition to journaling before bed time, try rubbing lavender oil on your bed pillow.  Lavender oil enables you to relax.  It also smells great.  If you rub lavender oil on your bed at night, you will fall asleep more easily and your insomnia will likely decrease during the night time.


To conclude this article, this article has provided individuals with Bipolar Disorder tips to prevent insomnia during the night time.  They include journaling before bed time, in addition to rubbing lavender oil on your bed pillow before bed at night time.  These two tips will enable you to sleep better at night and prevent your insomnia from increasing at night time.  Give them a try.

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How To Prevent Insomnia With Bipolar Disorder

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). How To Prevent Insomnia With Bipolar Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 19, 2020, from


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