I’m in treatment for Bipolar Disorder II, and by that I mean that I take my prescribed meds as prescribed, I see my psychiatrist when I’m supposed to, I see my therapist every month, I don’t drink excessively, I don’t take recreational drugs, I try to eat more healthy food than crap, and I work really hard to get at least 6 hours of sleep every night.
Every. F*cking. Night.
It’s important y’all. Too many nights of not enough sleep in a row will screw my life up faster than damn near anything else. For reals.
I take roughly 15 pills every night before bed. Nine of those are actual psychiatric medications. Two are OTC things that help with sleep and the rest are vitamins. I turn off the TV, the computer, and the phone so that the blue light emitted from their screens don’t stimulate my brain. I keep my room nice and cool. I run an essential oil diffuser with lavender oil. And sometimes it’s just not enough.
I can tell you with 99.9% certainty that next week is going to be rough. You wouldn’t think a single hour, 60 minutes, would make such a difference, but it does. I will have trouble falling asleep and I will have one hell of a time waking up. There will be much grumping. There will be industrial quantities of coffee required.
Man this sucks.