Bipolar DisorderLiving With

9 Tips to Help Sleep With Bipolar

Woman sleeping restfully.

man sitting up on bed
Joel Overbeck

Decide if you’re serious about improving your sleep or if you just like talking about it.

man in bed at night looking at computer
Matthew T Rader

Determine the source of your sleep issues.

Sad woman sitting at the foot of her bed.

Understand the connection between sleep and bipolar.

person wearing pajamas about to take pill

Study melatonin, serotonin, and your body's clock.

Roman numerals on alarm clock
Ales Krivec

Respect your inner clock and go to bed on the same day that you woke up.

woman in pharmacy looking something up on her phone

Check all supplements and over-the-counter drugs to see if they affect sleep negatively.

two lattes next to succulents
Nathan Dumlao

Get real about caffeine.

Nurse working the late shift.

Avoid all shift work, night work, and work that has a changing schedule.

cannabis plant close up

Study cannabis carefully before using it for sleep.

feet at bottom of bed with sleeping cat


Julie A. Fast

Julie A. Fast


Julie A. Fast is the author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder, Get it Done When You’re Depressed, and The Health Cards. Julie won the Mental Health America Journalism Award for the best mental health column in the U.S. and was the recipient of the Eli Lily Reintegration award for her work in bipolar disorder advocacy. Julie is CEU certified and regularly trains health care professionals, including psychiatric residents, social workers, therapists, and general practitioners on bipolar disorder and mental health management skills. She was the original consultant for Claire Danes for the show "Homeland" and is on the mental health expert registry for People Magazine. She is a sought-after coach for parents and partners of people with bipolar disorder.