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“Good wakefulness and good sleep go hand in hand,” according to cartoonist Ellen Forney. But what happens when you’re battling insomnia? Lack of sleep makes mentally showing up for work or social commitments difficult and draining.

In her new graphic novel, “Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life,” Forney shares some of her sleeping tips, from progressive muscle relaxation to giving yourself an orgasm in order to drift off.

Read her guide to insomnia below, and follow @thelilynews on Instagram as we feature excerpts from Forney’s book in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month:

‘It feels as though some outside force is holding my body down’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Sometimes what’s going through my brain is just scribbles’

Think cats are standoffish or unpleasant? This one proves you wrong.

Cats get a bad rap, but in reality, they’re as behaviorally diverse as dogs

We’ve talked to over 60 women about anxiety. Here’s what they told us.

Women are nearly twice as likely than men to experience it in their lifetime