Insomnia Health Record Software
People with Insomnia should keep health records to better understand and manage their sleep disorder. Insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing non-restorative sleep, and tracking symptoms in a health journal can help identify patterns and triggers. In the health journal, individuals can record the quality and duration of their sleep each night, along with any factors that may have contributed to sleep disturbances, such as stress, caffeine or alcohol consumption, and late-night screen time. Additionally, tracking the use of sleep aids or medications can provide insights into their effectiveness and potential side effects.
Measuring daily activities, exercise routines, and bedtime rituals can also help identify lifestyle changes that may promote better sleep. In some cases, a healthcare provider may recommend lab tests or procedures to rule out underlying medical conditions contributing to insomnia, and these can also be recorded in the health journal to track progress and treatment effectiveness.
Sample health journal entries that can be entered into Goopatient*:
Date: July 28, 2023
I will try to establish a consistent bedtime routine by incorporating relaxation techniques before #sleep, such as reading a book or practicing deep breathing exercises. I will also limit #caffeine intake and screen time in the evenings to see if it helps improve my sleep.
Last night, I experienced difficulty falling asleep and woke up multiple times during the night. I estimate that I only slept for about 4 hours, and I feel fatigued and irritable today. #fatigue
I had a stressful day at work, and I drank a cup of coffee in the afternoon to stay alert. I also spent time on my phone before bedtime. #stress
I took one over-the-counter sleep aid #Melatonin 5mg about 30 minutes before bedtime, but it didn't seem to have a significant effect on my sleep.
I used a #sleep tracking app on my phone to monitor my sleep patterns. According to the app, my sleep was fragmented with several awakenings throughout the night.
I have an upcoming appointment with #Dr.Johnson next week to discuss my ongoing sleep difficulties and explore potential treatment options.
*These health records are not real, but compiled by Dr. Mike Stanton of the UCLA Health Center. The data that you put in Goopatient is totally private and stored only on your computer.