Jefferson University Hospitals

Sleep Log

A sleep log or sleep diary is a record of your sleep and wake times, usually over a period of several weeks or months, that you or your caregiver keeps. Sleep medicine specialists at Jefferson will recommend keeping a sleep log to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a specific sleep disorder, especially circadian rhythm sleep disorders or insomnia.

What is Recorded in a Sleep Log?

Some of the things your specialist may ask you to include in the sleep log are:

  • The time you went to bed
  • How long it took you to fall asleep
  • The time you intended to wake up
  • The time you actually woke up
  • How many times you woke up during the night
  • How long your nighttime awakenings lasted
  • Your stress level before bedtime
  • The number and duration of your naps

Sleep logs are not only useful in diagnosing all sleep disorders, but they will also make you more aware of your own sleep habits. It's critical to be completely honest and accurate as you keep your sleep log in order for our specialists to establish the appropriate diagnosis.

Why Choose Jefferson for Sleep Disorders Treatment in Philadelphia?

The Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center was the first such program in the Philadelphia area and is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.