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Keeping a Sleep Diary During Menopause

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Woman keeping a sleep diary journalWhat information is important for a sleep diary?

If you are having sleep issues, keeping a symptom diary can help you and your doctor figure out the cause so you can work toward treatment. It might be menopause, or there could be some lifestyle or health issues which are causing the problem. For your diary to be effective, you need to keep track of the right information.

You can keep a sleep diary in whatever style is comfortable for you. If you prefer to keep your diary on your phone or tablet, there are apps you can download. There are also several different sleep dairy forms online that you can download or adapt. Pre-printed pages can be filled out on your computer or you can use pens, colored markers, or pencils. On your computer, you can create your own diary using a spreadsheet, word processing, or creative program. You can also use a notebook, composition book, diary, or journal to keep hand written notes, lists, or charts.

How you choose to keep the information is not as important as what information you record. So here’s a list of some of the types of information you need to write down.

Sleep Diary

  • Date
  • Day of the week
  • Work/School/Vacation Day
  • Time going to bed
  • Time waking up
  • Times awaken during the night
  • Food and drinks and the times you ingest them
  • Medications and the times you take them
  • Exercises–when, what, and how long
  • Day time symptoms
If you have underlying health issues, your doctor may recommend you keep track of other information, too. For instance, blood sugar levels can be important if you have diabetes. You should also note if your spouse tells you that you snore.

Finding the cause of your disruptive sleep can let you find successful ways to address them. If you can get enough rest, your overall health and quality of life will improve. So start keeping your sleep diary today!

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

02-29-2016 - 04:19 PM


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