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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:

Fat and anorexic: Everyone praised me for my weight loss but I was sicker than I’d ever been

This dangerous disorder can hurt anyone, regardless of weight, class, race or gender

Martial arts made me appreciate my body like never before. Here’s why.

Training has been truly revolutionary for me

I’ve had anxiety for a long time. Looking back, I can trace it to this moment.

The moment I went from a carefree kid to a worrisome adult