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ddagassi
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   Posted 1/31/2007 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone experienced staying up for days at a time with bipolar disorder?
I have problems sleeping now and it is aggravating. what can I do other than take a sleeping pill? any advice would be great!
thanks,
ddagassi

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   Posted 1/31/2007 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I have experienced what you are talking about. I'm a fairly new diagnosed bipolar. I'm also a rapid cycler. When we first started my meds, I was only sleeping maybe two or three hours a night, if that. It was horrible. Try some relaxation techniques. I'm really into that sort of thing. I find that it helps shut my brain off and lets me just fall away from everything. Here are just a couple of my favorites: a hot bath with lavender bubbles, soap, lotion, candles and I even wash my PJ's with lavender scented detergent. The next one is put on some type of music or sound CD that makes you feel good. Lay on your back with your feet and calves on a chair. Listen to the sounds and let yourself drift away. Tell yourself that you can feel the tension running out of your body. Concentrate on each part of your body until it feels totally relaxed. I light my lavender candles for this too and turn the lights down, not so it's dark, but so there is no glaring in your face. These are really my only suggestions. I hope they work as well for you as they do for me. Good luck. 

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   Posted 1/31/2007 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Taking a calcium suppliment half an hour before you get into bed can help.

B vitamins are beneficial aswell - things like porridge oats , brown rice , wholegrain bread etc... contain these.

Chamomile tea is relaxing.

Hot milk with grated nutmeg before bed tastes great (you could put cinnamon in there too).

And beleive it or not lettuce has a mild opiate which acts as a sedative - wild lettuce is more potent , but the on that you get at the store still contains some.

Do NOT take alcohol as even though it might get you to sleep you will have a bad sleep or it will wake you in the middle of the night.

AVOID drinking caffiene like cola , hot chocolate , coffee , and normal tea (you can buy decaff tea and coffee) and eating chocolate as this has caffiene (carob is a great chocolate substitute)and avoid sugar which is another stimulant , oh and that taurine in certain red drinks - the one that gievs you wings if ya get me? Do not watch anything too stimulating like horror movies (or books).

Taking exercise each day could help aswell.

Take care and let us know what you try and if it works for ya - some things won't work instantly so at least give them a weeks trial.

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   Posted 2/1/2007 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Number 1 Method: Chemical Engineering Book on Polymers....
 
Provided you don't want to learn something useful, exercise alot and maybe try a melatonin supplement.  I find it non-addictive, and it helps to catch a few good sleeps to break down a maniacal journey.
 
If you're really screwed, try to do something useful... seriously, lying awake is frustrating and makes everything worse.  Just don't waste time doing something to waste time that is meaningless.  You're more prone to do this when flying up there, and forcing yourself to do something deemed useful might make you tired.
 
When I'm racing, nothing can stop the wave or impending crash.  However, if you can still catch some Z's it will bring you down a bit to avoid psychosis and p*****g people off too much.  My natural instinct is to just roll with it and this is a bad decision.  You have two scenarios here....
 
1.  You soar high quickly, get wild and out of control.... maybe embarass yourself, creating actual long term problems to deal with when depressed in the near future....
 
or...
 
2. Slow it down, and catch any sleep in attempts to regain control, avoid stimulants, and ride a prolonged wave of preferable mild mania or hypomania.... you don't blow out your engine but let it get overheated on a long trip.... Try to really get an appointment scheduled with your psych before you get out of control.  This is the hardest part during this moment, but it will be rewarded greatly later.  Your depression won't be as horrible if you don't have a terrible manic experience, with real impending consequences to deal with later.  The faster you can slow this down, or end it without full blown mania, the better you will be in getting back to stability later.  If you're hitting days or weeks without much sleep it's going to be over soon anyway... but more than likely in a bad way.  Good luck... but atleast you realize that you're pretty screwed right now.  Maybe you will still hit the tree near the side of the road on this corner but will be able to brace for impact and slow down the car.
 
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   Posted 2/4/2007 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Ddagassi , are you managing to sleep a little better yet?

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   Posted 2/6/2007 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
ddagassi said...
Has anyone experienced staying up for days at a time with bipolar disorder?
I have problems sleeping now and it is aggravating. what can I do other than take a sleeping pill? any advice would be great!
thanks,
ddagassi
      I dont know what meds you are taking, but i just started taking Seroquil recently at bedtime *200mg* and it helps quiet a bit. I still have sleep issues but its the best thing ive had so far. Ive tried lunesta, melotonin, and benedryl by themselfs and in various combos and amounts. Seroquil is by far the best thing that has happend to me sleepwise and it helps control my mania. If your already taking it, then id reccomend what the others are saying, chamomeal tea and valarian root can help.
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