A healthy sleep schedule can go a long way to controlling bipolar disorder. Some things that help adjust the sleep schedule include natural sunlight – particularly in the morning, light therapy through a light box, and the hormone melatonin. All of these can help adjust your sleep schedule when you have fallen off track. Falling asleep when manic is challenging – just as much so as getting up when you're depressed. Though certain medication can help you sleep, so too can some medication cause sleep disturbances.
Some factors to consider when trying to have a healthy sleep schedule include: routine, limiting alcohol and caffeine before bed, limiting exercise before bed, removing televisions and computers from the bedroom, keeping a dark room, reducing noise (but try white noise), a warm bath or other relaxing activity before bed, and as a final resort – sleep medication.
If you're using a mood chart, include the number of hours you slept the night before. It can be interesting to see the results your sleep has on your mood. This can be helpful to your doctor. Sleep also effects your anxiety and irritability levels. It's much more difficult to manage your bipolar symptoms when you're not sleeping well. Sweet dreams.