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Health Tip: Keep a Sleep Diary

Track your zzz's

(HealthDay News) - If you're having trouble sleeping, you may be able to pinpoint the cause of your problem by keeping a sleep diary. suggests what to record in a sleep diary:

  • The time you woke and went to bed.
  • The number of hours you slept.
  • How well you slept.
  • How often and what time you woke during the night, and what you did to get back to sleep.
  • Any caffeine or alcohol that you had during the day; what time you had it and how much you had.
  • What foods and drinks you had during the day, and what time you had them.
  • Medications that you took that day.
  • How you were feeling before you went to sleep -- stressed, sad, happy, anxious, etc.
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