Ah, Sleep: An Obvious Post

First, the obvious.  For those of us with BPD, regulated sleep is probably the most important thing when it comes to regulating our moods.  Once that circadian rhythm is off, then all bets are off, too.

When I finally took that relocation flight across the pond last Thursday, I knew my sleep was going to suffer a major blow.  I tried to plan a schedule that would ease me into my new time zone.  What I didn’t count on was a fussier than fussy German Shepherd writhing around on a wooden floor while sleeping throwing the whole thing off 🙂  And, of course this didn’t happen just one night, it was three in a row.

With the German Shepherd relegated to my son’s room and much nighttime medication ingested I finally got things under control.  I wish I could say I caught the disturbance in time, but I didn’t.  The Black Dog started to encroach on my life once again.  Yesterday my husband must have asked me half a dozen times how I was doing…the affects of sleep deprivation were that clear.  Thankfully last night was a quality sleep night and I feel better this morning.  One more night of good sleep and I should be back on an even keel.

So, kids, the moral of this story (as if you didn’t already know) is sleep is very important (duh) and if your moods are all over the place, take a look at the quality and regulation of your sleep.  If I’d had the presence of mind to nip it in the bud after day one, I may not have slid so far down the slope.

Bipolar Disorder and the Importance of Sleep

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I hope you get back on track soon! You’ll feel so much better.

When you lose sleep, does it make you manic or depressive? I’ve found that it goes both ways. Personally, I’m always stricken with mania, and if it’s not corrected in time, it will be followed by a depressive plunge.

I’m glad that you brought this pertinent subject up. Regulating sleeping, eating, and exercise is crucial. And staying away from alcohol and drugs. Those too!

Hi, Lunasunshine – thanks for reading & subscribing!

Sleep is a weird thing. If I miss a few days I get very, very depressed. If I miss a week, it makes me manic. I’ve read that hypomania is more common when the sleep cycle is interrupted, but I’m afraid I’m just abnormal in that regard. When you have the depressive plunge, how long are you hypomanic for beforehand?

I rarely have a hypomanic episode longer than a week or two. My body can’t handle it. I’m not the healthiest person and my immune system is trashed for some reason. So, I just crap out. Once, I had a three week long hypomanic episode. The longer the episode, the worse the depression afterward. My last hypomanic episode started in late March and went into April. I have been between dysthymic and depressive since. They are punctuated briefly by having to handle real life incidents, like my husband’s car accident and my son’s diagnosis. And the longer I don’t care for myself, the longer and deeper the episode goes.

I’m so sorry to hear about your husband and son. Those incidents would send anyone, bipolar or not, into a spin. I really hope everyone is on the mend.

Three weeks in hypomania is a long time. It’s so darn great when it first comes on, but you’re right, the depression afterward is horrendous. I had a really bad hypomanic episode last summer and literally don’t remember a month of my life. Do you have memory blackouts of your episodes too?


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