Why should you keep a sleep diary?
By keeping a record of sleep, the diary makes it possible to calculate total sleep time. A sleep record also helps you identify sleep disruptions and other factors that may be influencing your sleep quality. Identifying details about habits that affect sleep can show patterns that help explain sleeping problems.
How do I use my sleep diary?
To keep your diary accurate, it’s important you fill it out everyday.
To avoid missing any details, try to keep it next to your bed with a pen. This will allow you to fill it in when you wake up, and before you go to sleep.
Sleep environment checklist
Your sleep will be affected by your environment so it is important to implement some changes to your room to ensure you are creating the ideal sleep environment.
– Try to keep your room as dark as possible. Use blackout blinds if you can or a sleep mask if you can’t
– Keep your room at a comfortable temperature (not too hot or too cold). Doctors recommend keeping your room between 15.6 and 19.4C
– Use earplugs if you live in a busy or noisy area to keep your sleep environment quiet
– Use a diffuser to create a soothing aroma in your room like lavender