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What should you put in a sleep diary if you have insomnia?

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If you’ve made lifestyle changes and still have sleep problems, write down in a journal:

  • Time you went to bed
  • Approximate time you fell asleep
  • Time you woke up
  • Number of times you woke up during the night
  • Amount of time you stayed awake during the night
  • Total amount of sleep you log per night
  • Any grogginess upon waking in the morning or during the day
  • Naps and their duration
  • Any daytime incidents of dozing off and where it happened
  • Any comments about particular sleep problems or quality of sleep

From: Understanding Insomnia: An Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control.

Merck Manuals Online: “Insomnia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “What Is Insomnia?”

American Sleep Association: “Insomnia.”

American Academy of Sleep Medicine: “Insomnia.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control.

Merck Manuals Online: “Insomnia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “What Is Insomnia?”

American Sleep Association: “Insomnia.”

American Academy of Sleep Medicine: “Insomnia.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 19, 2017

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