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At Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine, our psychiatrists work with a lot of patients dealing with bipolar disorder in Augusta County, VA. One thing that many people don’t know about bipolar disorder is that eating and sleeping patterns are everything.
According to a study conducted by Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,

“Patients with bipolar disorder show altered rhythmicity in body temperature and melatonin rhythms, high day-to-day variability in activity and sleep timing, persistent disturbances of sleep or wake cycles, including disturbances of sleep continuity. The internal clocks are, indeed, responsible for regulating a variety of physiologic functions, including appetitive behaviors, cognitive functions and metabolism.”

Which means that if you establish a routine, particularly a sleeping and eating routine, you can have better sleep and, by proxy, a more level emotional state. That is so important for bipolar disorder. With that in mind, here are 3 easy tips to help you set the perfect circadian rhythm.

1. Set Wake and Sleep Times

If you set set a time for you to wake up and to sleep, you’re setting up a time for your brain the rest and totally recharge. By honoring sleeping at a certain time and waking a certain time, that routine can help establish for you a healthy circadian rhythm and hopefully healthier mood levels. In addition, minimize napping as possible to make sure you can sleep and wake at those established times.

2. Exercise Early

If you exercise early in the day, that is not only making sure you can stay better physically and mentally but it also gives you a great reason to be up at a certain time. In addition, exercising at night could make it harder for you to sleep and mess up the healthy circadian rhythm you need to keep. Make sure in the evenings to settle down to a relaxing and easy routine as well. It will make you sleep better and it’s just a great way to end the day.

3. Manage Caffeine and Alcohol Intake

Caffeine, alcohol, and even sugar can trigger manic episodes. It’s important to limit that intake as much as possible to make such episodes less likely. In addition, these substances mess with sleep, which in turn could upset the good sleep you want to establish.

What Else Can You Do?

If you’re having sleeping problems associated with bipolar disorder, it is so important that you talk to your psychiatrist about it. Make sure to contact the professionals at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine in Augusta County, VA to help you with all bipolar related problems. We can use our experience to help you move forward with your life. If you’re interested in what else our practice covers, check out our services.