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    Learn about your sleep patterns and habits by keeping a daily sleep diary. It may be key to helping you and your health care provider diagnose and treat a sleep disorder. Make up a chart with spaces for:

    • The time you went to bed and woke up.
    • How long and well you slept.
    • When you were awake during the night.
    • How much caffeine or alcohol you consumed and when.
    • What/when you ate and drank.
    • What emotion or stress you had.
    • What drugs or medications you took.
    • Exercise you had during the day and what time.

    Here is an example of a sleep diary. Print it out and use it or create your own sleep diary.

    Date:

    Bedtime:
    Wake time:

    Duration of sleep:
    Number of times awake at night:
    Quality of sleep:

    Caffeine consumption and time consumed Alcohol consumption and time consumed Food/drink consumption and time consumed Emotions/
    stress/exercise with time
    Medications

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on October 14, 2014
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