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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:

A ‘tourist in my own body’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘It’s like my body just gives up for a bit’

I’m ‘under the tyranny of my mind’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Anxiety, at its worst, short-circuits my ability to function effectively‘

‘My internal dialogue quickens beyond control’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I get stuck in place’