What is a sleep log and why should you start one tonight? First, we all know sleep is precious and we all enjoy the feeling of waking up from a good night’s rest. But do you ever find yourself wondering why you feel so sluggish on the days you thought you slept well? Keeping a sleep log like the one we’ve created below can provide insight on those days it takes a couple extra cups of coffee to get going. Second, bedtimes can affect REM sleep cycles and circadian rhythms. You might be getting a solid eight hours, but notice feeling fatigued on the days you went to bed a couple hours later than usual. Keeping a log can also be enjoyable and a great “self-care” ritual in the morning. Download our sleep log here.
Filling out the sleep log is easy. Write the name of the month at the top left and label the days of the month numerically, with the days of the week, or both. Start with the absolute earliest you could fall asleep. In this example, 8 p.m. is where the log starts, but most sleep began at 10 p.m. and lasted from 6-9 hours. Adjust the times based on your sleep habits. Pro tip: Keep track of naps so you can see if those naps are helping with your energy level.
The experts at Denver Mattress know the quality of sleep is just as important as the hours slept. If you’re in bed for 7-8 hours but tossing and turning all night, you probably aren’t going to feel great in the morning. Making sure you’re sleeping on the right mattress for your sleep position (side sleeper, stomach sleeper, back sleeper, combination sleeper, etc.) is just as important as the food you put in your body for energy. Head into Denver Mattress for the in-store SRT (sleep resistance test) or shop online for the right mattress, pillows, and bedding to maximize sleep quality.