Sleep is an important diagnostic in checking for mania or depression in people with Bipolar disorder. It’s not just an indicator though, problems with sleep regularity can cause health problems.
Going from irregular sleep to regular sleep begins with fixing a 7-day-a-week wake time, not from just going to bed early. Going to bed early just leaves me tossing and turning in bed.
I have found that when I really want to regulate my sleep, it starts with fixing the wake time everyday. The going-to-bed time sort of follows from there, and I’m usually tired when it’s time to lay down. It might be a bit painful at first to schedule the wake time where you want it. It’s critical to avoid becoming so tired that your mind races and you can’t sleep, so naps — preferably no more than an hour long are a good idea. I also find that a really bright light on a timer aids the wake-up process.
After a surprisingly few number of days, I find that I can reliably and easily wake up at that set time, and that I’m tired for bed at a reasonable (and regular) time too.
This might all seem kind of dumb and straightforward to ‘normies’, but the rest of us need to watch out for manic, 2-am bouts of creativity, and get good sleep on a regular basis. It’s a common theme in this blog, but that in no way kills a creative edge or anything, it just makes the output of that creativity have a much higher probability of success. It’s no longer brutal (on the creative person) “no limits” creativity, but it’s within a structure that can lead to a functional way of life.