In this case, you might have to check the application logs under <install-dir>/logs/catalina.out and JIRA home directory logs under <JIRA_HOME>/log/atlassian-jira.log to check how many times JIRA was restarted. This might give you a better idea.
That's not something an application would normally log, as applications aren't really expected to fail (I know, they do, but when they do, it should trigger an investigation and fix). As Radu implies, some form of external monitoring is appropriate here, and for this, I too would recommend running a simple grep over the log files. Write it as a script, and drop it into cron so that it keeps a running total.
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