Keeping A Record of Your Insomnia

I am frequently asked, "Is there any advantage in keeping a record of your insomnia?"

If you have problems falling asleep or staying asleep, you need to start keeping a record of your sleep habits. Keeping a log book or notepad beside your table at night will help you keep track of when you are sleeping fitfully, and when insomnia has you in its tiresome grasp.

You will likely see patterns of sleeplessness emerging. Your record should contain more than just the times and dates when you are restlessly fighting insomnia, and when you get a good night's rest.

Sometimes we are the creators of our own problems. Say you enjoy drinking tea with dinner. The powerful effects of caffeine can disturb your sleep for up to 8 hours after you ingest it. In your insomnia tracker, you also need to write down everything that you eat and drink, as well as when.

This means being very honest with yourself. After all, how badly do you want to start getting good nights of sleep? There is absolutely nothing wrong with a responsible adult enjoying a couple of alcoholic beverages or beers during happy hour after a long, hard day's work. If that causes you to take a 2 hour nap as soon as you get home, this could definitely lead to insomnia later in the night.

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If your diet is full of carbohydrates and calories, you may catch yourself napping throughout the day. If you are considered a night owl because your natural circadian rhythm makes you prefer night time activities to day time, you could obviously have sleeping problems if you work early in the morning.

When keeping a record of your insomnia, your record book needs to chronicle every action and activity you take during your waking hours. Obviously, also jot down each time during the night that you find yourself awake. Even if you just get up out of bed to use the bathroom, you need to journal that activity.

Don't worry about being stuck doing this for a long time. You won't have to. Before long, you will start seeing patterns emerge and you will then have powerful tools to make simple changes that will yield huge results.

Special Note: Emotional states can often cause chronic sleeplessness. This means you may suffer from insomnia because of issues at work, or problems with a spouse or family member. Journal all of this information as well.

After you have compiled 2 or 3 weeks of detailed data about your daily activities and sleep cycles, you will notice patterns where you are causing your own insomnia. The best use for all of this information is to approach your doctor and see what he recommends.

In many cases, you may be referred to a sleep specialist or sleep coach. And insurance sometimes pays for light therapy and other treatments for insomnia, if changing your personal lifestyle was not enough to reset your sleep clock. Just remember that every detail in your daily life is important to track if your efforts at defeating insomnia with a detailed daily journal are going to be successful.

 By the way, do you want to find out more of the benefits of keeping a record of your insomnia? Watch the short video that the link takes you to. Don't wait till you suffer something terrible like the poor fellow talks about a couple of minutes into the video.

Insomnia kills and not just us.

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 By the way, do you want to find out more of the benefits of keeping a record of your insomnia? Watch the short video that the link takes you to. Don't wait till you suffer something terrible like the poor fellow talks about a couple of minutes into the video.

Insomnia kills and not just us.

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