In my years of trying to figure out how this disease works itself into my life, I have noticed an interesting little quirk.
First, let me just say that there is a ton of research out there, and basically every doctor, social worker, therapist, and person with bipolar has agreed, sleep is a huge factor in mood stability.
A lot of people when they are depressed will just sleep all day long. I am no different. In fact, that is the best way to tell if I am depressed or entering a down swing, I will lay down a lot, talk about how exhausted I am, or just be unable to do things due to sleep. On top of that, when I stay home from work, or have a depressed Saturday or whatever, I will spend the entire day in bed. My wife will ask me what I do all day and I tell her I sleep. The amount of sleep you can give your body when you are depressed is staggering.
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