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Research Methodology

At Sleep Junkie, we deliver accurate and comprehensive information using several methods. How we approach our content depends on whether we are covering product reviews and recommendations or sleep hygiene articles (though there is a definite overlap between the two).

For Product Comparisons and Reviews

On product recommendations, we strive to deliver accurate, up-to-date product information and unbiased reviews based on the materials and technologies a company uses combined with our knowledge of how those materials and technologies are impacted by sleeping position, body weight and shape, and medical conditions.

Materials Used

Products are made of materials and materials come with specifications. Sleep Junkie uses industry-accepted benchmarks when evaluating products.

For example, when it comes to memory foam mattresses, we consider:

  • Density (to show support and pressure-relief)
  • ILD/IFD (to show firmness)
  • Profile Height (to show how much support can be expected)
  • Height of layers
  • And more!

By looking at the factors above, we are able to gauge a product’s quality and who the product will benefit.

Every product – from traditional innerspring mattresses to weighted blankets – has such objective, data-driven specifications that need to be researched.

Sleep Junkie takes the product information and considers it through the lens of common complaints about sleep, such: sleeping too hot, feeling pressure points, tossing and turning, feeling sunken in, and more.

The Sleep Junkie editors then take into consideration how the product relates when used by its readers.

To do this, Sleep Junkie editors and writers talk extensively about:

Sleeping Position

Side Sleepers: The most common position, side sleeping is encouraged but comes with some complications, mainly extra pressure points on the shoulders and hips.

When looking to recommend a good mattress for side sleepers, the Sleep Junkie editorial team considers cushion (to help alleviate pressure points) and support (to help keep the spine aligned).

Back Sleeping: This is a healthy, albeit underused, sleeping position. Back sleepers tend to like a firmer mattress than side sleepers but also need just enough cushion to fill in the natural curve of their spine.

If a mattress is too soft, the sleeper’s hips will sink into the mattress and cause discomfort.

Stomach Sleepers: This the least healthy sleeping position and Sleep Junkie’s editorial team prides itself on its work spent educating customers on why everyone – from sleep experts to general physicians – agrees it is best to not sleep on your stomach.

The Sleep Junkie editorial team has written extensively on how to convert from a stomach sleeper to a back or side sleeper.

Body Weight and Shape

When evaluating products, it isn’t necessarily what the “best product” available is– it’s how the product works to satisfy your needs. This is why body weight and shape are important factors to consider, especially when shopping for a new mattress.

A significant part of our review is discerning the level of support and comfort a mattress will be to provide a petite sleep, an average sleeper, and a heavier than average sleeper.

Medical Conditions

We are proud to have written about how certain brands work towards improving the quality of life in those suffering conditions such as arthritis and sleep apnea. However, as detailed in our medical disclaimers, while we are experts in our field, we are not medical professionals.

As always, revert to the opinion of a medical professional over anything promoted within this blog.

Product Reviews

Sleep Junkie also reads customer reviews on third-party review sites, the company’s review page, and e-commerce platforms such as Amazon. However, these are more difficult to navigate.

Say a company makes a firm mattress and markets it as a firm mattress. However, let’s the actual mattress is much softer than expected. If a reviewer enjoys the mattress, they may rate it five stars, even though it was not as described. This review gets factored into the product’s star rating and skews the data. Now you are reading the reviews and see a five-star rating and think, “this must be a good firm mattress.”

The above is an oversimplification, but reviews are more difficult than most shoppers expect. So, while the Sleep Junkie editorial team does consult reviews, it does so with a grain of salt.

For Sleep Health Content

When writing about sleep hygiene or sleep disorders, Sleep Junkie takes extra care to present on the most thoroughly vetted content.

To do this, the editors at Sleep Junkie find primary sources (to mitigate the chances of sharing a click-bait article that misinterprets scientific findings).

We also know sleep health is a constantly changing and growing field. Our aim is not to tell you what is wrong or what is right but to explore the most credible research and latest discoveries.

Medical Disclaimer

Sleep Junkie focuses on writing about improving sleep hygiene, the newest products in the mattress industry, and common sleep disorders.

On its staff, Sleep Junkie utilizes the knowledge of Certified Sleep Science coaches to help maintain the validity and accuracy of its content.

However, the information contained on the site should not be used as a substitute for the advice of an appropriately qualified and licensed physician or other health care provider. The information provided here is for informational purposes only

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