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How to Use a Sleep Diary

    Keeping a sleep diary will let you learn about your sleep patterns and habits. Make 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 and when you ate and drank
    • What emotion or stress you had
    • What drugs or medications you took

    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
    Medications
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    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on October 29, 2014
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