Too many of us aren't getting enough sleep, but how do we know when it's time to see a specialist? Print this diary from Dr. Breus, the Sleep Doctor, to log your sleep quality and quantity each night. It's most effective if filled out each morning. Take it to your doctor to discuss if you need to see a sleep specialist to get your much-needed shut-eye.
Fill out this diary each morning to help your doctor get a sense of your sleep patterns over time. Click here for a printable version of the diary. Click here for printable instructions on how to use your sleep diary.
One of the tools sleep doctors and sleep specialists use to help monitor and understand your sleep is a sleep diary. This diary will help you see what your sleep looks like over time. You can then take this diary to your doctor to discuss your entries to see if a sleep specialist may be someone you need to talk to.
The questions you will answer are simple but effective in telling your doctor about both the quantity and quality of your sleep.
Every night you should write down what time you get into bed. Then put the diary away and get some sleep! In the morning, quickly fill out the questions that are appropriate for you.
The diary will be most effective if you fill it out every day, don’t try to remember what happened earlier in your week.
And here’s a sleep tip for you: If you have trouble “turning off your mind” when you get into bed, as many of my patients do, try counting backwards from 300 by 3’s. No, it’s not a math quiz … but it is so boring, and requires so much focus, most people are asleep before they reach 200!