I read somewhere that it can be useful to keep a “Sleep Diary” noting what time you go to bed and the quality of sleep you have to see if you can identify triggers in loss of sleep. I also read that it is worth while making a note of food and drinks consumed in the day incase the insomnia is triggered by certain foods (dairy, sugars, caffeine etc…) and a note of what you have done in the day. I thought that this may be a good idea and may help with both the insomnia and also my project as a whole.
I will be grading my sleep quality on a 5 point basis –
5 Slept right through
4 Trouble falling asleep
3 Waking up in night
2 Awake most of the night
1 No sleep
I shall try to include reasons for waking up too if I can (too hot, noise, toilet, etc…) as I think that may be quite useful to note as well.
Ok, so last night…
16th July – 17th July
Went to bed – 11.30pm
Food/Drink consumed in day – 5 coffees, 1 tea, Salad (Asda boxed salad, carrot, salad leaves, pepper, cabbage) with cheese, tomatoes and mushrooms and Ceaser dressing, 3 Becks (4%) and 1 Strawberry Cider (4%)
Daytime Activities – Driving, shopping, socializing/caring, visited parents, shopping in evening, Skype, research, reading.
Sleep Quality – 4 . Although I went to bed earlyish, I was still awake at 2.30am and couldn’t seem to settle down and get comfortable to sleep even though I was tired.