Trouble Sleeping? Find out what happens in a sleep assessment, Part 3

Sleep assessment is becoming an increasingly common clinical tool for diagnosing many underlying health issues. #sleepstudy #healthtech #zzzrest #bettersleep #sleepscience

Read Part 3 of our three-part series about sleep assessments from our CMO, Mat Norbury's, experience. (You can also read Part 1 and Part 2.)

The result of the sleep assessment

The whole sleep assessment process took almost six months. The final result was that I snore –– a free smartphone app or anyone within 3m of my bedroom could tell me that. However, it was reassuring I probably didn't have a serious health problem.

There was no evidence of sleep apnea, which was good news. This is usually measured by the number of times and the duration you stop breathing while asleep. It's reassuring but at the same time, I'm a bit concerned they told me they "couldn't find evidence" instead of "you don't have".

Sleep apnea treatment would have been a special kind of forced air mask known as CPAP, referred to by my Mom as "like sleeping with Darth Vader". Although it's finally nice to know why I found the costume hanging in Dad's closet, I could have done without the disturbing imagery! Parental bedtime activities aside, it's good to know I didn't need CPAP and my sleeping was more or less normal.

The sleep clinic referred me to an orthodontist who created a mold for a dental device to move my jaw forward a few millimetres. This increases the size of the airway to reduce the sound of snoring. It works... sometimes.

Why we came up with Thought Beanie?

It's hard not to reflect on my sleep assessment when thinking about the promise of an accurate and easy to use gadget like Thought Beanie. I'm not going to claim that Thought Beanie could replace any of the equipment I described above. As we're learning, sleep is important and disordered sleep can literally be life threatening. Serious, unexplained or persistent sleep problems must be treated by competent medical professionals with properly certified medical equipment.

Thought Beanie offers a different kind of support for your sleep for a much broader group of people. Many sleep problems are self-correcting but recurring. In six months, clinical sleep assessments got only two nights of data after a significant wait. The data was collected under very artificial, sometimes odd, circumstances. It required a trained and experienced professional to analyse it. All of these things limit who can benefit from monitoring their sleep and may leave small problems to worsen, creating the need for more complicated solutions.

Regular home monitoring of sleep with a Thought Beanie gives detailed, timely data in a form almost anyone can make sense of. Interventions are non-intrusive and personalised from at least a month's worth of sleep data. You can carry it with you in a smartphone app and review it each day if you want. You'll eventually be able to use Thought Beanie technology to link up sleep to other activities and see how improving one impacts on the other. Most importantly, Thought Beanie gives you the tools to define your day and prevent sleep becoming a medical problem.