A good night's sleep starts the minute we get out of bed in the morning. A sleep diary not only records what's going on during the determined sleep time, but also shines a light on barriers and behaviors that are crawling in bed with you and taking up too much room.
Sleep diaries are the starting point for treating any kind of sleep disorder. Here's what a good sleep diary will tell about you:
- Bedtime vs. time you fall asleep
- Time in bed vs. time asleep
- Timing of all medicines taken during the 24 hours
- Meal times
- Exercise time
- Timing and amount of bright light during the day
- Routines and rituals to let go of the day
- Time you woke up vs. when you got out of bed
- Times you work during the night and for how long you were awake
And so much more. If you'd like to start keeping a sleep diary to gather evidence for your health care provider, you can find one at the National Sleep Foundation Website.
Good luck and get ready to have your eyes opened to what's happening with your shuteye.