Tracking Your Sleep

26 April 2021

Why does our sleep matter, and why should we track it?

Sleep is an essential part of our life.

Poor sleep can negatively affect our memory, mental health, and academic success.

Meanwhile, adequate sleep is essential to feeling awake and alert, maintaining good health and working at peak performance.

By tracking our sleep, we can identify habits that impact our quality of life. Understanding these patterns can guide us to new practices to adopt.

Tracking Your Sleep Guide

Use the sleep log in the pdf below to keep track of your sleep patterns and behaviors, and track the impact of your sleep on your day-to-day life!

To most accurately track your sleep hours, check out a free fitness tracker from the Office of Health Promotion for the term!


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Downloadable PDF version