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Our Research Process

Some of our articles feature comparisons or ratings of mattresses, and in case you were curious about how we arrived at our conclusions, here is our process.

We typically collect our data from one or more of the following sources, specified within the article: owner reviews and experiences available on manufacturer websites, third-party review websites, and forum discussions. Occasionally we may also conduct polls our surveys, which will be identified as such.

While owner reviews can be subject to bias, we assess each source for legitimacy, editing, or dishonest tampering to keep the information as accurate as possible.

Editorial Policy

Our content is written to provide value. Our team of researchers, writers, and editors work on writing the most up-to-date, accurate, and helpful content.

We’re unbiased and transparent

We focus on providing free and accurate information to our readers. For more information on the steps we take to run our site in an unbiased and transparent way, please read our affiliate disclosure.

We are constantly looking for ways to improve

The science of sleep is in flux. As new studies are released, our researchers read them and look for any changes are needed to our existing content.

A similar process occurs with our brand reviews. Brands change their products over time. We work to keep our content updated and accurate. Plus, the longer a brand is on the market the more reviews become available.

If you notice anything that seems to be amiss (or want us to research a specific topic) please contact us.

Checks and balances

Sleep Junkie is run by a team of researchers, writers, editors, and sleep health experts. Every post goes through a thorough process of checks and balances to make sure we only publish the most accurate information.

Writing about Products

When writing about products we focus on objective metrics. This helps us remain unbiased.

For example, with mattresses we focus:

  • Mattress Type (memory foam, latex foam, innerspring mattress, hybrid, etc.).
  • Density (for foam mattresses).
  • ILD (to help quantity firmness).
  • Coil Type (Bonnel coil, two-in-one coil, individually wrapped coils, etc).
  • Coil gauge (the higher the number, the thicker (and firmer) the coil).
  • Cover material.
  • Fire prevention material.
  • Mattress thickness (thinner mattresses tend to be firmer, while thicker mattresses tend to be softer).
  • The number of layers in the mattress.
  • The manufacturing process (check for third-party certifications and environmental impact).
  • Sleep Trial (how long can you try the mattress without fear of penalty?).
  • Mattress warranty (to help show the expected longevity of the mattress).

Meanwhile, with a product like cotton sheets, we will focus on the thread count, stitch style, and country of origin.

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Evaluating Products

Once our researchers have the most up-to-date information, the writers and editors can now do their part. When we look at any sleep-related products (from a new mattress to a thick, cozy blanket), we always ask: How exactly does this help our reader sleep?

Most people only wake up for one of three reasons:

  • They are in pain or are uncomfortable
  • They are hot or unable to cool down to get to the deeper stages of sleep.
  • They are full of stressful thoughts.

We ask ourselves if the product is designed to help with one (or all) of those three pain points. Once we agree on what pain the customer is trying to solve, we then evaluate on whether or the product is successful.

For example, a mattress ought to address both of the first two pain points. A mattress should not make you uncomfortable and hot. Because of this, two of the main questions we ask will always be 1) how does the mattress help reduce pain and discomfort and 2) is this mattress designed to promote airflow.

Brand Comparisons

Sometimes we compare two competing brands. Our goal isn’t necessarily to “pick a winner.” Instead, our goal is to compile the information and still it down to core points about each brand. This allows you, the reader, to make the educated decision based on all the information provided.

Occasionally, advertising or links may appear on our website but these in no way affect our website content or research results. Our mission is to provide unbiased and accurate information and comparisons. We disclose the source of our information on each research article so that anyone may verify our findings and information by searching online and reading through the same sources.

 

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