Hello Planning Mashers!
We all know how important sleep is, but it is not so easy to keep up a good schedule in this fast-paced life.
I’m here today to share how your Bullet Journal can help you with that by creating a sleep tracker.
Sleep is probably the most important thing you can do to make sure you’re healthy and productive. Lack of sleep can lead to some pretty drastic and tragic things
But sleep is also the first thing we sacrifice! Pulling all-nighters to study for that exam, sleeping just 4 hours a day to prepare for that work interview.
Somehow, when we need more time, sleep is always the first one to be pushed aside.
So how do you make sure you get enough sleep? Easy – by tracking your sleep!
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Benefits Of Tracking Sleep
Tracking sleep is not as daunting as it might seem, all you need is just to look at your watch when you go to sleep and wake up.
Plus, tons of gadgets like wristbands or apple watches actually track the sleep for you.
Ok, you have this information, but what’s the point? Well, here are a few benefits you can get from sleep tracking.
Your Sleeping Needs
We all sleep differently and have different needs to get a good rest. If you track your sleep, you’ll be able to find this out.
How many hours do you need to feel rested? In which hours of the night do you get the most rest?
By knowing your sleeping needs, you’ll be able to create a schedule that works best for you.
Reduce Health Risks
Not getting enough sleep can cause a lot of health issues, so it’s really important to make sure your body gets the rest it needs.
If you track your sleep and create a schedule, you’ll guarantee that you’re well-rested and healthy.
Boost Your Mood And Creativity
When you’re well-rested, don’t you usually notice how everything just feels a bit better? How your brain is buzzing with ideas and the desire to go do things?
Good sleep can make miracles and by tracking your sleep patterns, you’ll make sure you start your day full of enthusiasm and energy.
Boost Your Immune System
A well-rested body is a healthy body. If you have enough time to recover during the night, you’ll find that your immune system becomes stronger and fights much better against all the dangers around us.
This is especially important during these scary times! I feel like we all need to do our best to have a good immune system now we are in the middle of a pandemic.
So just make an extra little effort and make sure you get enough sleep – it can go a long way.
Regulate Your Weight And Appetite
Have you ever noticed how when you’re tired, you start eating more, even if you’re not hungry? And usually, it ends up being some junk food.
Unhealthy and bad for your body and weight control.
When you have a good sleep, you usually feel more energetic and motivated to make better choices with your food.
What To Include In Your Sleep Tracker?
Hopefully, by now I convinced you how important a good night’s sleep is and how many benefits you can get from just tracking your sleep in your Bullet Journal.
But how do you use it and what do you need to add in one? I have this covered as well.
The best way to use a sleep tracker is to fill it out for some time, a week or a month – enough to figure out patterns in your sleeping schedule.
After that, all you need is just to analyze it, make adjustments, and track it again to see if the changes you made helped.
Here are a few things you can add to your sleep tracker to help you with that:
- Total sleep time. This will help you to figure out what’s the optimal amount of hours you need to feel rested. Remember that there is such a thing as too much sleep and it’s not good for you either.
- Sleep time frame – what time you went to bed and when you woke up. This will help you figure out what sleeping schedule works best for you. You might be surprised to know that for some people, waking up at 6 is actually optimal.
- Sleep quality. To better understand your sleep, it can be useful to also add how well you slept during the night. This will help you see what kind of sleep gives you the most rest.
- What affected your sleep. This is more about using some other trackers together with your sleep tracker, like a stress tracker, mood tracker, productivity tracker, coffee tracker, or any little things in your life that you think might affect your sleep. You can learn a lot about how to create the best sleeping atmosphere by using several trackers together.
Bullet Journal Sleep Tracker Inspirations
Finally, here are some sleep tracker inspirations that hopefully will give you some ideas on how to design your own.
Love this beautiful sleep tracker. It has all the basics – the date and the hours when you slept.
I must say I especially love the kraft paper used for headers. I’ve been pretty obsessed with adding different colored paper to my journal, just check out my February 2021 Plan With Me.
Another beautiful tracker to see how many hours a night you sleep. A cool thing that you can add to this tracker is the color code your sleep quality or the depth of your sleep and add the sleep hours in those colors.
That of course if you have a device to monitor your sleep quality, like a wristband or an Apple watch.
Such a creative tracker and I love several things about it. First of all the fact that the sleep tracker also tracks work hours. That way, you can see how your sleep influences your work and vice versa.
Secondly, I really love that next to the sleep tracker you have the mood tracker. This will really help you to figure out your best sleeping patterns because you will have a clear view of how sleep influences your moods.
Another great combination of trackers – a sleep and an energy tracker. This again is perfect for you to figure out how much sleep you need to get to be on top of your game.
I also like how she decided to also color code how she felt after such a sleep.
Another cool tracker combination – a sleep tracker and an activity tracker. A good amount of physical activity can help you definitely sleep better, so it’s fun to track that.
I also love the circle sleep tracker variation, looks so fun and creative!
Another great way to create a circle sleep tracker. Just assign a color to the number of hours you slept and color each day.
This one is also cool because it is right next to your habit tracker. I’m pretty sure sleep also influences how much willpower you have to follow through with all your habits.
I love this tracker, and it has so much going on here.
I love that she added coffee, stress, and alcohol, since these influence a lot your sleep hours and sleep quality.
I just had to share this one, because I think it’s so pretty. Especially the amazing pattern used to fill out the sleeping hours.
I also like that even though the main tracker shows what is your sleeping frame, there is also a little column with the number of hours slept to make it clearer.
Another perfect sleep tracker – it’s a circle and has the beautiful kraft paper header. What else is there to wish for?!
Speaking of kraft paper, be sure to check my post Cozy Bullet Journal Theme Inspirations With Kraft Paper to get more ideas on how to use kraft paper to decorate your pages.
This is such a creative way to make a sleep tracker, I honestly have never seen anything like that, took me a while to figure it out.
It looks gorgeous though, so minimal and yet so colorful. Really made me want to buy myself some Crayola Super Tips like the ones used here. The colors are so bright and beautiful.
I always say you don’t need tons of stationery to create beautiful Bullet Journal pages and here is the proof – this is just shades of gray but how amazing this tracker looks!
You could honestly just use a black marker here, but if you want to use shades of gray I can’t recommend anything better than Grayscale Set of Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
Speaking of simple minimal style, I absolutely love this tracker. It has so much information in it, and yet it looks very clean and easy to understand.
Graphs are really a great way to track things and make them look very clear.
Another beautiful way to track things with graphs. And I love that she used different shades of the same color family – I think it always looks so classy.
I love how for tracking the habits she uses different shades of purple each time as well, such a simple thing, and yet it makes the filled tracker look so much better!
I love everything about this tracker – the kraft paper, the beautiful colors, as well as a separate section for hours slept.
This kind of colorful design reminds me of my 2021 Bullet Journal setup and makes me want to go back to that style once again soon.
Speaking of colors, how cute is this ice cream sleep tracker! This looks like a perfect Summer Bullet Journal theme.
I also really love the little inclusion of washi tape in the corner – it adds a bit of color and character to the page, wouldn’t you agree?
If you want to create something similar, I’m pretty sure that she used a Pastel Set of Tombow Dual Brush Pens (probably my favorite).
Another cute colorful circle sleep tracker. I really like that she also added two graphs there actually – the number of hours slept and the quality of sleep.
I’ve been really in love with these circle trackers, even though they are not the easiest to create.
How cute is this all-in-one kind of tracker?
I think it’s very useful to have everything together, that way you make always sure that you check your trackers every day and it reminds you of ALL the things and ideas.
Cute little pink tracker with pretty pink clouds.
On top of the highlighter part, you absolutely can write the total number of hours slept, the quality of your sleep, or maybe clarify again the sleeping frame.
But she chose to add here a quote; I believe it’s from a DnD game. I think it’s very fun as well, especially since it kind of works well within the frame of a sleep tracker.
Sleep Tracker Printables
As you might know, I finally opened a printables shop, where you can find a lot of printables for your Bullet Journal, as well as printable stickers.
The latest addition to the collection of printables I created there is the sleep tracker bundle.
The bundle has 3 different sleep trackers, each available for 30 or 31 days. It will help you find a good format for tracking your sleep. Plus, it’s a quick way to start with sleep tracking without spending hours writing the numbers.
Do you use a sleep tracker in your Bullet Journal? How did it help you?
Let us know in the comments!
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