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Keeping a Sleep Diary

Solutions to Insomnia are Write In Front of You

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  • I sleep pretty well but I do have a least two bad nights of sleep a week. Maybe I should keep a sleep diary - 10/17/2014 5:37:17 PM
  • MARKLHOUSE
    I've never kept any kind of a journal but I'm going to keep my first on now. - 4/8/2014 1:59:39 PM
  • Starting to today. It should definitely help me out to see what I'm doing wrong! - 10/17/2013 11:31:43 AM
  • gonna start the journal tonight - 7/30/2013 10:17:48 PM
  • I'm not much of a journal person - will give it a try. - 7/9/2013 3:20:29 PM
  • I will start my sleep journal today. - 5/23/2013 3:00:53 PM
  • BEJOYFULL
    I joined today because I wanted to give this program a chance. Although journaling will take time, I think it will help me pinpoint some things I am not aware of that keep me from sleep. So, here goes. - 5/2/2013 4:40:12 PM
  • I really want to get a Jawbone Up band or FitBit that can track quality of sleep. I have some crazy dreams and even though I go to bed early enough, I wonder if I'm getting enough quality sleep. I also just started reading a book about sleep called Dreamland by David K. Randall. - 3/27/2013 10:07:32 AM
  • Wonderful tips, I look foreword to doing this challenge and to see where I'm going wrong in getting to sleep. Sometimes I'm up until 4am! - 3/19/2013 2:31:39 AM
  • DBUERS
    Chronic insomnia. I'm going to do this starting tonight! - 3/18/2013 9:36:15 PM
  • Ok, following up my last comment, I have decided that instead of keeping a sleep journal which will be very difficult for me. What I can do is have sleep targets instead. I will keep it simple and just tick off if I managed to achieve those targets each day. - 2/12/2013 5:53:30 PM
  • I suffer from sever Narcolepsy so keeping a sleep diary is not only pointless for me personally but will also add extra stress on to my normal none existent sleep pattern.
    My illness isn't a sleep disorder, it is a brain disorder characterised by sleep disorders and a lack of non-REM sleep due to the brains inability to produce enough hypocretin.
    It is incurable and I have to just try my best to maintain some sort of routine where possible. I have attempted to keep a sleep diary many times before but when I am likely to fall asleep up to 6 or more times during the day and then wake up during the night about 2 or 3 times... I spend the moments I have awake trying to be as active as possible although sometimes failing, I am not about to start spending that time attempting to write a sleep journal only to find myself falling asleep whilst writing it.
    I want to improve my sleeping habits for sure, and really try to get more of a routine going, I just moved to the other side of the world and the climate and time change is taking me a while to adjust to. But as for this part of the sleep challenge, I am going to have to decline because it's just not going to be of any help for me. I can see how for many people it would be very useful though. Good luck to the rest of you!!! Happy Sleeps ;) - 2/12/2013 5:44:12 PM
  • Just started my sleep journal, think it's a brilliant thing to do! I am going to write it on paper to see the flow better and I am curious about the effect of exercise on my sleep. I often drink 2 glasses of wine with my dinner and am also starting to wonder if that is making me wake up during the night - I have already ditched caffeine from the afternoon onwards so am looking for the next culprit causing me to wake up during the night. Thanks SparkPeople - this is an awsome challenge! - 2/10/2013 1:43:36 PM
  • Made a point of truning off the tv and going to bed at 9:30pm. I actually drifted off after approx: 40 mins only to be awakened twice by non emergencies. Of course apart from messing up my sleep, im feeling quite tired today. - 1/14/2013 6:16:52 AM
  • I did this journal several months ago and was astonished by how much my sleep improved. Normally I find myself lying awake at night for 30 minutes (on a good day) waiting to drift off. With the journal I became more disciplined, falling asleep at about the same time every night. By regulating my sleep cycle I soon found that I was drifting off in under 20 minutes, and waking up naturally every morning without even needing my alarm. Normally I'd set my alarm to go off 15 minutes before I need to be up so I can hit the snooze a few times, but now I just use it as a safe-guard for oversleeping (which I never do, if I keep to the schedule). I didn't even know I was capable of this, I'd just assumed I was a bit of an insomniac. - 12/16/2012 11:26:20 PM

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