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Sleep Diary

Many clients report that their sleep is disturbed, and this can be a cause or consequence of many mental health conditions. This Sleep Diary enables clients to gather data about the quantity and quality of their sleep.

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  • Chinese (Simplified)
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  • Czech
  • Dutch
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Introduction & Theoretical Background

Diaries are a crucial information-gathering tool. They can be used for symptom monitoring during an assessment phase of therapy, symptom monitoring during therapy, or correlating activity with symptoms. This Sleep Diary includes spaces to record sleep onset, wake time, sleep duration, night waking. It also encourages clients to collect information about their caffeine intake, exercise, and mood, which can be used to explore relationships with sleep.

Therapist Guidance

This Sleep Diary consists of two sections, one to be completed in the morning, and the other to be completed in the evening. In the morning clients are encouraged to record:
  • The time they went to bed last night
  • The time they go up this morning
  • Total sleep duration (time in bed minus time awake)
  • Number of times woken during the night
In the evening clients are encouraged to record:
  • The number of caffeinated drinks consumed that day
  • The time of the last caffeinated drink
  • The amount of exercise completed that day
  • The activity completed in the last hour before the client fell asleep
  • Mood today (subjective rating 0–10)

References And Further Reading

  • Beck, A.T., Rush, A.J., Shaw, B.F., & Emery, G. (1979). Cognitive therapy of depression. New York: Guilford.
  • Carney, C. E., Buysse, D. J., Ancoli-Israel, S., Edinger, J. D., Krystal, A. D., Lichstein, K. L., & Morin, C. M. (2012). The consensus sleep diary: standardizing prospective sleep self-monitoring. Sleep, 35(2), 287-302.