If you have ongoing or recurrent sleep problems, it’s useful to keep a sleep log for a week, especially if you plan to discuss the issue with a health care provider. Record the following:
- Time you get into bed; how long it takes you to fall asleep; periods of wakefulness; time you wake up and get out of bed.
- How easily you wake up. Are you groggy and out-of-sorts?
- The time and duration of any naps.
- Factors disrupting your sleep, such as pain, worry, pets, children, street noise or your bed partner’s snoring.
- How rested/tired you feel the next day.
- Tobacco and alcohol use.
- Caffeinated beverages you consume.
- Drugs you take. Many decongestants,for instance, have a stimulant effect.
- Some antidepressants can skew your sleep architecture.
Published October 15, 2013