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Could My Sleep Issues Be Part of A Psychiatric Disorder #positive6

The Family Stew

Clock: 2:06 AM

Precious DJ: I call him Bob…
Belly AJ: DAD!
Luke Bartholomew: DAD! SHE HAS MY GAME!
Sweet Pea BB: [running away with video game]
Chato B Stewart: [sleeping with air plugs]
Caption: How do I get my ZZZ’s: Air plugs, Ambien and the melodious songs of my children.

Could My Sleep Issues Be Part of A Psychiatric Disorder?

What a privilege it is continue to be a part of the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Positive 6 (Six) campaign again this year.*  “The Positive Six Campaign (DBSA +6) challenges individuals to focus for six months on making small, positive changes in their lives.”  The above-cartoon is for the month of August: Get Your ZZZs Challenge. 

As you can see, I tapped into my family history of sleep deprivation with four children out of school for the summer.  I wish it was a bit exaggerated, but we are having fun this summer and their summer ends in two weeks. This means they go back to school, Yahoo!  Even so, sleep continues to be an issue for me, personally having to rely on a more medicated version of slumber without rest.  Needing to stick to our regular routine is Paramount, yet being able to stick to a regular routine is the challenge!  Because once the circadian clock is off a little bit: it takes a a few days to get back in sync of my regular sleeping routine.

Here are a few tips that have helped me in my extreme sleeping needs that may help you with some less extreme needs. First, let’s acknowledge that having a diagnosis many times increases sleep issues.

The first subtitle was taken from a Harvard study.  The second subtitle is rich with tips on how to have a better slumber and restful night directly from the DBSA challenge page.


Key points: The benefits of sleep

Sleep Simple:

  • Go to bed and wake at the same time each day
  • Turn off all electronics an hour before bed
  • When you wake up, go outside for a few minutes and enjoy the sunshine.
  • Open the curtains when you wake to let the morning light in.
  • Good sleep habits make for better nights, and days!


Consumer and DBSA Ambassador
Chato Stewart


I just wish the people at the DBSA archived the first challenge instead of reusing the pages, that way all the rich information from the first challenge would not of been lost… I.e. my first six cartoons.  I should email them about that.  🙂

*Depression Bipolar Support Alliance DBSA Positive Six Campaign 2012

May June Positive Change Challenge - Negative self-talk plus6 - by Chato Stewart sm, July DBSA be a tourist in your own city Challenge - by Chato Stewart - Positive Six Campaign sm

August DBSA Chato Reaches out to his inner circle of friends, September Mental Health Humor Bodies in Motion Challenge Bipolar Style, October Spreading Smiles Challenge DBSA October

The Family Stew Cartoon is of me and my kids how I see us cartoons.  Joan could not fit in this toon, she was sleeping soundly without any added help…man, how does she do that???
Could My Sleep Issues Be Part of A Psychiatric Disorder #positive6

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2014). Could My Sleep Issues Be Part of A Psychiatric Disorder #positive6. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 16, 2020, from


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