American Academy of Pediatrics

Sleep Problems: Your Child’s Sleep Diary

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Children differ in how much sleep they need, how long it takes them to fall asleep, and how easily they wake up. If you are concerned about your child’s sleep habits, talk with your child’s doctor. Your child’s doctor may ask you to keep a sleep diary to help track your child’s sleep habits.

Here is a sample 1-week chart you can copy and fill in. Fill in the month/date/year under each day of the week. Keep in mind that sleep problems are very common, and with time and help from your child’s doctor, you and your child will overcome them.

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Where your child sleeps
How much sleep your child normally gets at night
What your child needs to fall asleep (for example, a favorite toy or blanket)
How often your child wakes up during the night
What you do to comfort and console your child when he or she wakes up during the night
The timing and length of naps
Any changes or stresses in the home

The information contained in this publication should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

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