Insomnia Can Be A Real Problem

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  • I suffer from insomnia. I often do not go to bed until 2 or 3 am, and then wake up at the rather ungodly hour of 5 or 6 am. This can last for days. As a result, I am exhausted most of the time, I have more frequent manic depressive episodes which are currently manifesting themselves as the dreaded "mixed" episode. Imagine having a head full of ideas of things to do, and lacking the motivation to do them. I am antsy and unmotivated all at the same time. I cry for no reason, or for reason while feeling on top of the world. It sucks. 


    For someone with Bipolar disorder, insomnia is a sure fire way to get yourself into an "episode." I require roughly 8 to 9 hours of solid sleep in order to remain "well." I think I have had that much sleep in the last three days. This has to stop. I will be nuts (aleady am, according to the general public) if it doesn't.

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    Insomnia aggravates my depression, my mania, my paranoia, and can make me psychotic (part of the Bipolar diagnosis). I do not perceive things correctly when I am this tired. 


    I have struggled with this all my life. Even as a child, I didn't sleep well. But I got a lot of reading done :)

Published On: January 14, 2013