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Insomnia

The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.
- W.C. Fields

Tracking sleep is a challenge. Does a night's sleep belong to yesterday's entry or today's? Should you measure at 2:18am while cleaning the cat litter or at 7:00am when the alarm clock shatters the morning?

We decided to make "sleep" the first period of the day, from 12am-6am. We figured that how you slept the night before affects how you feel this morning. Therefore, it made sense to tie "last night's sleep" to today. 

You can track any symptom during "sleep". Personally, I record

  • difficulty falling asleep
  • difficulty staying asleep
  • restlessness (physical)
  • anxiety

Some of these symptoms can persist throughout the day. My goal is to understand the patterns in my symptoms so that I can make changes and sleep better without resorting to drugs.

What's working for me right now? Turning off the news. 

Hat tip to Michael for asking this question.

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