A Sleep Log is a tool for evaluating aspects of an individual’s sleep habits, finding ways to improve the quality and quantity of sleep a person gets, or investigating the effectiveness of a new or changed treatment. It is important to start the Sleep Log a few weeks before starting any new or changed medication or therapy so that you become accustomed to the process and establish a base line for comparison. Over time, the individual may begin to see patterns emerge. A Sleep Log is one of the best ways to provide the accurate and objective information a doctor needs to know to make important decisions about treatment.
Download and print out our Sleep Log form or use a simple notebook to record the most common and useful data:
- Sleep and wake times, naps, triggers and duration of cataplectic events
- Medication including prescription, over the counter, homeopathic and herbal preparations, times and dosages
Other items that you or your physician may want to include are:
- Quality of sleep
- Mental and physical state before you fall asleep, upon awakening, taking medications and using other treatments like CPAP, light therapy, meditation, etc.
- Sleep attacks including times, magnitude and duration
- Food and beverages, especially stimulants like energy drinks and caffeine and depressants like alcohol
- Work, school or study times
- Exercise including your physical and mental state before and after
- Other items that you or your treating physician feel are important
Download our Sleep Log