Insomnia is hard to deal with, especially if you have a mood disorder. I have schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. I’ve been dealing with insomnia for as long as I can remember. The longest I have gone without sleeping is four days. I had hallucinations and delusions by that point, and that was when I was diagnosed as bipolar. Later the diagnosis was changed to schizoaffective.

I have never really found an effective method for dealing with insomnia. I practice good sleep hygiene, but that doesn’t seem to help much. You can’t force yourself to sleep when your mind won’t wind down. I have taken meds for it when it was at it’s worst, but meds can only be taken for a short time. The underlying problems have to be dealt with. My underlying problem is anxiety. I have no effective way to deal with that.

One thing I do is wake up at the same time every morning. No matter how late I stayed up the night before. This results in a lot of sleepless nights. But eventually I crash, and sleep for eleven or twelve hours.

What do you do to deal with insomnia?


What do you think?

Written by riverwild


  1. I just stay up all night making art but I tend to pass out eventually. I rarely go longer than two days without sleep. Never past 72 hours, I average around four hours of sleep on any given night

    Because I have trouble sleeping, I just try and keep myself occupied and end up coming across as very productive but I don’t know if that solution is viable for you (I’ve never been diagnosed with a mood disorder)

  2. Drinking TART CHERRY CONCENTRATE helps that a lot. Also, I heard not to be on the computer and other similar things around an hour before bedtime.