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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 hands have been shaking since middle school’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Freshman year, when I was at band camp, I had to leave early because I was so uncomfortable without my mom at my side’

I was more depressed than I’d ever been during pregnancy. But no one believed me.

Why did I have to beg for care?

‘I’m always asking myself, did I mess up?’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I am always in fear of an anxiety attack, or worse, a panic attack’