2012-01-16 03:54 PM
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Quote:Sleep is an essential part of good health in all people and is vital to our well-being. Insufficient sleep causes significant health problems such as increased stress on the immune system, anxiety, depression and increased risk for gastrointestinal and cardiovascular disease.Deep restful sleep is of particular importance to manic depressives, as bipolar disorder can impair judgment and lack of sleep can exacerbate this.Daytime mood regulation and night-time sleep form a two-way relationship; once rhythms are disturbed such as with bipolar insomnia, a self-perpetuating cycle can begin where moods interfere with sleep and then disrupted sleep affects mood regulation the following day.It is recommended that people suffering from bipolar disorder and insomnia and hypersomnia go to bed at the same time each day, and get up at the same time. Regular schedules and sleep patterns have a positive affect on bipolar treatment and it is advised that activities that disturb normal routines be avoided. Re-establishing and maintaining a regular sleep, meal and activity schedule is one of the reasons why a stays in bipolar treatment centers can be such effective therapy.
I found this earlier while researching something else and thought it was really interesting. I know schedules are important, but I didn't realize in made such a huge difference in those who are bipolar. This could be especially important if your child is bipolar. Getting them on a regular schedule may help minimize some of the episodes they have.