Sleep better thanks to a sleep diary

Author:Thomas Fankhauser

Insomnia and sleep disorders are now part of everyday life for many people. In some cases, sleep disorders are already referred to as a widespread disease.
Although poor sleep can be attributed to physical or psychological illnesses, it is usually our lifestyle that deprives us of sleep - which in turn can lead to a variety of psychological and, over time, physical complaints and illnesses.

The usual suspects are quickly listed:

Often, however, we are not really aware of these causes, or we suppress them, sometimes subconsciously.

This is where the sleep diary comes in. In the sleep diary, you write down every morning how your sleep went and how you started the night.

You continue this logging for a few weeks and then analyze the entries for patterns that show you which parameters have the greatest influence on sleep.

How to record?
In the past, sleep diaries were mostly kept on paper, and there were (and still are) specially made books in which you can record the course of your sleep by means of tables. Fortunately, today you no longer have to rely on pen and paper.

The free app Brain Nodes (see links below) is an app with which various aspects of life can be digitally recorded. In addition to storing knowledge of various kinds, it also offers integrated options for keeping a sleep diary.
The app syncs with all your devices (mobile, tablet, computer), so it doesn't matter which of your digital devices you have at hand and recording takes less than 3 minutes per day.

When to record?
It makes sense to create your sleep record right as the very first thing after you get up. If you have your mobile device by your bed (in flight mode, of course, and without the time display constantly displayed, so as not to disturb your sleep), it is a good idea to create the sleep entry as soon as you get up.

Dream Diary
If you also keep a dream diary, you can also record the dream while creating the sleep entry - directly in the sleep diary, or as a separate entry, also directly in the Brain Nodes app. Again, it makes sense to capture dreams first thing after getting up, or as soon as you get up, so they don't get lost before you capture them.

Some tips when capturing.
If you decide to keep your sleep diary or dream journal in the Brain Nodes app, it is recommended that you create a new topic node called "Sleep Diary" and then create each sleep entry associated with that topic entry.
If you record your dreams, you can do it directly in the sleep node in the notes field on the one hand, or you can create a separate content node for each dream. If you go this way, it makes sense to also create a topic node "Dream Diary" at the same time, and to connect the dream entries to this topic node. In addition, you can also connect the respective sleep entry with the dream entry.
The decision which way you go depends mainly on whether the dream world is of great importance, for example, to strengthen your ability to lucid dream, or whether it should be done more casually.
However, do not be intimidated. In the end, it is important that you create the sleep entries. In the search, you can always retrieve them directly, regardless of where and how you created them.

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