I’ve always struggled with sleep one way or another. I can’t get to sleep easily, I can’t stay asleep, and I wake early. Often all 3 in a night.
My mood is fairly routine. It starts out bad in the morning, picks up during the day, and peaks at night. This is common for people with bipolar. It means that bedtime comes at the worst time – when my mind is at its best. Throw in my lack of self control, and my sleep pattern is terrible.
The link between circadian rhythm and mood disorders is very real – sleep problems are both a trigger and symptom for bipolar and other mood disorders. I want to write a separate post on this.
For now this is my list of things I have to do, habitually, for a good night’s sleep:
- Stop working 2 hours before bed
- Don’t read RSS feeds in bed
- Exercise during the day
- Don’t exercise just before bed
- Don’t repair the coffee machine
- Get sunlight in the morning (go out and buy a coffee)
- Don’t drink alcohol late at night
- Don’t get jet lag.
What do you do?