Sleep – we all do it, but nearly half of us don’t do it well. And whether you sleep well or not, it is essential to our health and wellbeing. Without it we’re not much good at doing anything else.

If you’re having trouble sleeping and can’t understand why, keeping a Sleep Diary can help identify what’s keeping you awake. Sometimes your sleep troubles are a result of bad sleep habits for example drinking too much caffeine before bedtime, not exercising or poor sleep hygiene. The diary will help to pinpoint if you’re consistently waking at a similar time, what you’ve done that day, what you’ve eaten etc to see if there is any pattern.

Start keeping a sleep diary as soon as you begin to recognise a problem and complete over a two week period. If you need to see a GP or healthcare professional about your sleep issues you will have evidence of your sleep-wake pattern which can help with a diagnosis and treatment.

A big thank you to the Sleep Council for producing this

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