How to treat a sleep disorder related to bipolar disorder. Treatment for bipolar insomnia, other sleep disorders using self-help and sleep medications.
Treating sleep disorders occurring with bipolar disorder is key, as treating the sleep disorder can also improve the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Sleep disorders are commonly treated with lifestyle changes and can include medication. Behavioral therapies, like the Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy,2 are also available. These therapies can improve understanding of daily cycles and help to create consistent rhythms in an effort to stabilize mood.
Sleep Medications for Sleep Disorder with Bipolar Disorder
Treatment for Bipolar - Insomnia
Sedative-hypnotics like Lunesta are often prescribed to treat insomnia in bipolar disorder. A sedating antidepressant, mood stabilizer or antipsychotic may also be prescribed to treat both the mood and sleep disorder. Commonly prescribed medications include:
Bipolar and Sleep Problems: Key Points To Remember
The crucial things to remember for sleep disorders and bipolar:
- Find a way to work with a daily rhythm long-term as the need for a consistent rhythm isn't going to go away
- Loved ones should help provide a lifestyle where a consistent sleep/wake cycle is possible and encouraged
- Watch for oversleeping, insomnia, non-restorative sleep or a lack of need for sleep
- If a change in sleep pattern is noticed, a doctor should be informed as soon as possible
1 Purse, Marcia. Mood Disorders and Sleep About.com. June 20, 2006 http://bipolar.about.com/cs/sleep/a/0002_mood_sleep.htm
2 Turim, Gayle. Bipolar Disorder and Sleep Problems Everyday Health. Oct. 23, 2008 http://www.everydayhealth.com/bipolar-disorder/bipolar-disorder-and-sleep-problems.aspx