Sleep, the Unsung Hero

sleep1Before I learned that I was bipolar, I didn’t pay much attention to my sleep. Actually, I counted myself lucky when I got up in the middle of the night and was able to squeeze a few more hours out of the day.

Now that I have learned about bipolar and accepted my illness, I understand my need for sleep in order to avoid the depressive episodes that have so fully eclipsed my life in the past. These days I almost always make sure that I get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. If I do wake up early I try to catch a few more hours sometime in the morning.

Recently we went on a cruise. During our stay we made choices about shows and dinner hours that allowed me to get the sleep I needed. In addition to this I continued taking my medication and we had a wonderful time. Sometimes I take sleep for granted but recently I realized that in my case it is an unsung hero!

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  • Sharane  On April 22, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I really agree with you about sleep being and unsung hero. I heard on the radio once that any sleep you get Before midnight is even Better for you!
    I Still really struggle getting to bed as early as I should and then I feel groggy and grumpy when I haven’t had the sleep my body really Needs. I am still a work in progress on getting enough sleep.
    Also, I am So glad you guys were able to go on a cruise and that you had a wonderful time! 🙂

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