When conducting sleep tests, there are a lot of factors that need to be controlled. Since they are performed in-office, it’s often difficult to account for other factors that differ from an individual’s normal sleep environment.
The two things that are brought up most commonly are temperature and mattress choice.
A big impact on the quality someone’s sleep is the temperature. The climate in our sleep area is very controlled and can be adjusted, which allows sleepers to find the perfect temperature for their sleep – which isn’t always the case in a home environment. Especially since many people sleep with a partner, they end up sleeping in a temperature that doesn’t suit their preferences at home. Thus when at the sleep study, we ask them to adjust the temperature to their normal sleeping temperature environment, not their preferred temperature, as a means of controlling for this variable.
Mattress (and other bedding)
We invest in some high quality mattresses for people to use, which often is better than the mattress that people have at home (if Saatva mattress reviews are any indication, we have one of the best).
Though we are glad that people enjoy the sleeping experience in our office, if our mattress is substantially better than the one they have at home, they may sleep much more soundly, and not give us an accurate analysis of their typical sleep quality.
On the other hand, many people have ended up purchasing a new mattress because they get to feel the benefits of good sleep for a night.
When coming for just one night in our clinic, there are often too many variables to account for to get a truly perfect analysis of their sleep issues. However, we note that the people that often end up in our clinic have very egregious sleep problems which won’t simply go away due to a better mattress or slightly altered temperatures.
If you are looking to just slightly improve your sleep, temperature and mattress (along with pillows and bedding) are good things to adjust to see if your experience improves. However if you have a serious condition, like severe snoring or sleep apnea, then it may be best to let a professional diagnose you and determine the best course of action.
Watch this video below for more information on how to engineer better sleep.