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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:

‘I’m learning to live in a messy gray area’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘When I started college, my anxiety became intertwined with food’

The FDA approves the first drug specifically for postpartum depression

The new medication must be taken intravenously over 60 hours

Something terrifying happened to me. I miss the person I used to be before trauma.

I long for the old me, who used to laugh easily