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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:

My infant and preschooler participate in stressful active-shooter drills. Schools are approaching the problem all wrong.

Lockdown drills clearly traumatize young children

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

‘I feel afraid of the utter lack of control I have over my own body and mind’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I never know how exactly my anxiety will manifest’