The Family Stew
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 problems are more likely to affect patients with psychiatric disorders than people in the general population.
- Sleep problems may increase risk for developing particular mental illnesses, as well as result from such disorders.
- Treating the sleep disorder may help alleviate symptoms of the mental health problem.
- 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 2012The 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???