Winter Solstice, Sleep, Bipolar, and thoughts

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Winter Solstice, Sleep, Bipolar, and thoughts
Wed, 12-22-2010 - 10:58am

Yep. It's that time of year again. The long days of winter. Our family loves watching eclipses and were sorely disappointed that the lunar eclipse during a full moon - the winter solstice no less - was obscured by snow clouds. :-(

But that isn't really what this post is about. It is about sleep, happy lights, depression, bipolar symptoms, and so much more jumbled up in my mind.

A few of us were talking about light boxes. Yep - timely discussion this time of year! We were of course talking about where to get them, also dawn simulators (sun-risers) and such. But then, as usual, we got into the whole light-DARK and bipolar, amber glasses dark therapy, then supplements, etc etc. Here are two great sets of resources although the first links to the second, and the second is more specific to bipolar:

Bipolar Disorder, Light and Darkness: Treatment Implications (updated Sept 2010)

Light Therapy

www. It's Not Mental .com

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Registered: 04-08-2003
Wed, 12-22-2010 - 1:07pm

Our bodies are so mysterious! Did you know they've found a 2nd brain in our gut? And it is believed this second brain plays a key role mental states & certain diseases. Some scientists now believe anxiety, depression, IBS, ulcers and Parkinson's is manifested in both 'brains.'

There are some things our doctors can diagnose. It's obvious. But there are others which are educated guesses - just like our weather forcasters. They can look out the window and say, 'yes the sun is in the sky, there are no clouds over head, it is a sunny day.' At this point and time it's obvious they are correct. But when you start looking at things that are not so obvious -where might the hurricane land, when & how strong - they can look at the data & make good guesses, but they can be totally wrong. Toss in the Nino/Nina siblings and the guesses get more difficult.

I personally believe bipolar symptoms may actually be from a sleep disorder. Therefore, I wonder, with your DD, if it was not the bipolar getting better first, but actually the sleep quality first. Sleep begets sleep. My DS only slept in 20 min intervals for the first 11 mos of his life. I was going mad - jumping from chair to chair, screaming, pulling at my hair & violently hitting my legs. I know this was due to lack of sleep & forcing my patience around my child.

"Only when we are sick of our sickness shall we cease to be sick."

~ Lao-Tzu, from The Tao Te Cheng