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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:

Mindfulness helped me with my postpartum anxiety

Learning to be mindfully patient helped me release the illusion of control I had built over the years

The men who hold onto notions of ‘traditional masculinity’ suffer the most

New APA guidelines show why gender roles are damaging to everyone

In this choir, you don’t need musical experience. The group is designed for people with dementia.

Good Memories Choir in Chicago is for those with memory loss and their caregivers