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How much sleep do I need if I have bipolar disorder?

Ruth White, MPH
Social Work
Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep per night, but only you know how much you need. If you have bipolar disorder and you wake up feeling rested (and not in a state of mania during which you need little sleep) after seven to eight hours of sleep, then that's how much sleep you need on average. You can use incidence of symptoms to help measure when you're getting too little sleep. However, six hours is a marker for insufficient sleep and thus a good sign that you're not getting enough sleep.
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