For that reason, it’s Critical that I sleep for at least 7-8 hours a night. I notice an impact on my mood almost immediately when I do not.
I’ve seen it argued in various corners that Bipolar Disorder is really simply a sleep disorder. While I don’t subscribe to that theory, I do see why someone would say that. The states I experience can be heavily impacted by sleep, although many other things can impact them as well.
Yesterday, my mood didn’t dip much but the anxiety I experienced was not a lot of fun. I was pushing frantic, actually starting on Wednesday afternoon, and I wasn’t coping well at all yesterday with it. I woke up today in a much better place after 9 hours of sleep. I can already tell I feel tons better.
Self care is vital. If I feel myself slipping, it’s time to throw the brakes and take care of it then. I’m very fortunate that I am able to slay the boogeyman when I need to.