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[personal profile] azurelunatic posting in [community profile] insomnia
To call my sleep schedule at the moment a "schedule" is, well. So because it entertains me to do so, because it's mildly useful to my friends to be able to check when I've been sleeping as a loose predictor of when I'll be up, and because it will probably be of interest to a doctor assuming I ever wind up seeing one, I have been trying to track when I sleep.

I use Google Calendar. I have created a separate calendar strictly for my sleep schedule. It can be public, private, or shared with people. Mine is public. I have set up a tinyurl pointing to it (sadly to an un-useful view):

Using Google Calendar to track is useful enough, given that I am often near a computer. Sometimes I don't remember (notice that there are sometimes blank days, and I am not often given to a full 24+ hours awake) and sometimes I backfill.

I now have a smartphone. Yay smartphone. The phone is smart enough that it can interact with multiple Google calendars at once. It is easy enough to work that I can manage it when I am out of my mind with sleep-grogginess.

The phone has a charger cable near enough to my bed that I can go to bed with the phone on the bed with me. I have been maintaining scrupulous enough "sleep hygiene" that I can usually be asleep withing twenty minutes of climbing into bed, and I have been getting practice at knowing my level of drowsiness enough to be able to tell how long it will take me to be out. When I get into bed, I take note of the current time, and open a new event on my sleep calendar. (The first thing I do is turn off any reminders for it, because the buzz and ding are not the sort of thing that are conducive to sleep.) I have it start at the time I think I will fall asleep. If I remain awake for a while, I check the clock, and adjust the start time of the sleep event.

When I wake up, I check what time it is. I tend to still have the calendar event for sleep open, unless the FUCKING PHONE has gone APESHIT in the night and run out of memory and rebooted. (Argh Palm Pixi.) I adjust the sleep event to have the correct end time.

I track naps on this too, not just full "nights" of sleep.

My phone takes care of automatically synchronizing the local copy of the calendar to Google, and Bob's yer uncle.

Date: 2011-04-26 11:27 am (UTC)
synecdochic: torso of a man wearing jeans, hands bound with belt (Default)
From: [personal profile] synecdochic
Hm. I've been tracking mine just by writing it down and stuff; I wonder if this could be more useful.

What I really need is a sleep chart application for the Mac, that will calculate periodicity in addition to the standard things, but I haven't found one yet. There's one for Windows, but bleh.

Date: 2011-04-26 11:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] xinef
If you really want to now more about your sleep patterns, check this out I have one and it has made a huge difference to me in tracking my sleep disorder and seeing what changes in medications, sleep times, etc make on my quality of sleep.

p.s. If you do decide to get one, let me know, since I can get a "finder's discount"!
Edited Date: 2011-04-26 11:41 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-26 11:51 am (UTC)
xinef: (Default)
From: [personal profile] xinef
That sucks! I hope you manage to find some sort of balance.

I take it that you sleep ok once you get to sleep? If so, maybe the Zeo wouldn't be of as much use to you. It does track when you started to try to go to sleep, when you actually fell asleep and when you woke. Also has a smart alarm to wake you at an ideal point in your sleep rhythm.


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