Bipolar Insomnia

Articles and blog posts relating to sleep problems as a symptom of bipolar disorder.

Blogs and Articles

Are You ‘Barking Up the Wrong Tree’ by Sleeping with Your Dog?

bp Magazine
June 18, 2018

Newswise — SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Let sleeping dogs lie … in the bedroom. That’s according to a new Mayo Clinic study that’s sure to set many tails wagging. It’s no secret that Americans love their dogs. According to the American Veterinary Association, more than 40 million American households have dogs. Of these households, 63 percent...

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Secrets to Securing Sleep with Bipolar Disorder

Dave Mowry
April 18, 2018

Sleep is important to stability when living with bipolar disorder, and there are some simple strategies you can use to catch those vital z’s.   There are two things that I must do to take care of myself, and they are related: getting enough sleep and avoiding stress, with sleep being the most important. If...

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National Sleep Foundation’s 2018 Sleep in America Poll Shows Americans Failing to Prioritize Sleep

bp Magazine
March 19, 2018

The study shows that only 10% of American adults prioritize their sleep over other aspects of daily living. WASHINGTON, March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Sleep Foundation’s annual Sleep in America® poll finds that among U.S. adults with excellent sleep health, nearly 90% say they feel very effective at getting things done each day,...

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Small Changes to Help Sleep Problems from Bipolar Disorder

Julie A. Fast
March 8, 2018

While getting enough sleep may seem overwhelming, there are some small aspects of your sleep environment that can make a big difference. By Julie A. Fast   I’ve learned the secret to peaceful sleep: no sugar junk food or caffeine, no stimulation at least three hours before bed, no relationship issues, a calm home environment,...

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Insomnia and Bipolar Disorder: A Symptom ‘To Count On’

JB Burrage
September 14, 2017

Insomnia often goes hand-in-hand with bipolar disorder, and it can have dangerous consequences for bipolar symptoms. By JB Burrage   One well-known companion of bipolar disorder is the lack of sleep.  It is something that I’m very familiar with.  Since about 2000, I have been dealing with insomnia in some form; I can honestly say that...

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Sleep patterns linked with cognitive function

bp Magazine
April 17, 2017

January 5, 2017, BERKELEY, CA—Overall amount of sleep and a variable sleep schedule appear to contribute to cognitive deficits in people with bipolar disorder, according to a new study. American researchers noted that sleep disturbance and cognitive dysfunction are impaired even between bipolar mood episodes. They looked at two cognitive categories before and after treatment...

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Bipolar and Change in Sleep Patterns Can Result in Destabilization

Melvin G McInnis
October 7, 2015

Tips for keeping your wellness & recovery progress static while the time changes. By Melvin G. McInnis, MD, FRCPsych   Time changes—whether due to daylight saving time (DST), or shift work, or travel—can be difficult for people to adapt to. With the end of DST on November 1, 2015, what better “time” to talk about sleep...

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Sleep Disturbance: The #1 Reason Travel Triggers Bipolar Disorder Mood Swings

Julie A. Fast
March 11, 2015

Often, travel entails changes in sleeping patterns, which can trigger mood episodes.   The answer is…… changes in sleep patterns. I call travel the all purpose bipolar disorder trigger. Even short trips can affect our moods. This is especially true with travel that disrupts our sleep patterns. Managed sleep that follows a daily circadian rhythm...

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Ask the Doctor: Sleep & Putting the Reins on Your Active Brain

Melvin G McInnis
October 1, 2014

Sleep is an extremely important part of your bipolar disorder wellness plan, even when your brain is telling you you don’t need it. By Melvin G. McInnis, MD   How important is sleep, really, if my brain seems to be telling me I don’t need it? Sleep is critical for a healthy balance in the...

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Ask The Doctor: The Link Between Insomnia & Emotional Stability

Jane Mountain MD
August 7, 2012

How mood and sleep affect each other when you have bipolar disorder. By Jane Mountain, MD   Is it true sleep plays a major role in bipolar disorder? Sleep is an essential clue to what is going on with bipolar disorder, and mood and sleep affect each other. Poor sleep can intensify difficulties with mood,...

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