Should I Use Sleep Medication if Bipolar Disorder Disrupts My Sleep?

Q:
Should I use sleep medication if bipolar disorder disrupts my sleep?

A:
If your health provider suggests sleep medication, you should take it. This will help you fall asleep and stay asleep. It can also prevent bipolar episodes caused by sleep irregularities.

Things to remember:

  • Take your medication 1-2 hours before you go to bed. If you take it at your bedtime, it may be too late.
  • Don’t use OTC (over-the-counter) sleep medications. Only use them when your doctor recommend them and monitor your use of the drugs.
  • Taking the drugs with herbal tea that helps you sleep such as chamomile tea is a good idea.

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.