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Sleep And Mental Illness


Whether you suffer from Bipolar Disorder or Major Depressive Disorder do you experience difficulty with sleep?  If so, continue reading this article to find coping skills to better handle your sleep hygiene.  This article will solve this issue.

Ban The Phone Before Bed Time

According to, it is recommended to ban the phone before bed time.  If you have been using your phone as an alarm clock, break this habit.  Go out to the dollar store, and buy an alarm clock.  It does not have to be an expensive one.  Your goal should be to break away from your cell phone before bed time.  This includes looking at all forms of social media before bed time, as well.  Do you ever find yourself laying in bed scrolling through instagram before bed time?  Do you lay in bed for 30 minutes wide awake looking at random people’s photos?  Guess what.  This actually disturbs your sleep pattern and prevents you from falling asleep and actually keeps you wide awake.  The bottom line is ban your phone before bed time.  Put it as far away from your bed as possible.

Sleep With Socks On

According to, it is recommended to sleep with socks on.  This may sound silly and foolish.  However, it actually does make a difference.  Think about it.  If your feet are cold at night and your tossing and turning at night, are you going to sleep well?  The answer is no.  Point taken.  Then what is your answer?  Correct.  Invest in a pair of socks.  Your feet will be warmer.  And more importantly, you will sleep better, as well.


According to, it is recommended to meditate before bedtime.  Why?  Well, during the day your mind is cluttered with various thoughts.  Before you go to bed, why don’t you detox your mind from these thoughts and go to bed with a fresh mind.  You will feel better when you go to bed and sleep better at night too.


To end this article, this article has provided three specific coping skills for individuals to sleep better at night, whether they suffer from Bipolar Disorder or Major Depressive Disorder.  They include but are not limited to banning the phone before bed time, sleeping with socks on, in addition to meditating before bed time.  Consider giving these three coping skills a try to calm your mind and sleep better at night.


Sleep And Mental Illness

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). Sleep And Mental Illness. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 4, 2020, from


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