What is the role of a sleep journal in the workup of sleep-wake disorders?

Updated: Aug 21, 2019
  • Author: Roy H Lubit, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Ana Hategan, MD, FRCPC  more...
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Subjective measures of sleep are obtained by means of a sleep journal. A sleep journal kept for approximately 2 weeks may help determine the extent of the sleep disturbance. Patients should record the total hours slept per night, the frequency of nighttime awakenings, and the level of restfulness provided after sleep.

Additional, more objective measures of sleep may be available if a patient has a sleep partner who keeps a 2-week journal or provides a relevant history.

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