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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