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Keeping a Sleep Diary

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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.


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

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