Welcome to this website. I’m a physician board certified in Sleep Medicine & Neurology and a mom of 3, including twins. Sleep is very important to me and is on my mind all the time, from educating my patients during the day to worrying about whether my kids (and consequently, my husband and I) are getting the right amount of sleep and practicing good sleep habits.
I graduated from high school as valedictorian and from college with Highest Distinction and with Honors, majoring in Neurobiology & Physiology and minoring in Psychology. I then went to medical school, followed by neurology residency and a sleep medicine fellowship. I’m currently practicing at a local facility and an assistant professor of Neurology.
One Saturday morning as I was sifting through posts on Pinterest I came across a pin that was boasting that having certain plants in your bedroom would not only cure insomnia but would also cure sleep apnea. Wouldn’t that be great if that were actually true? I’m sure I have plenty of people would much rather have just a simple plant in their bedroom instead of using CPAP or instead of dealing with the struggles of insomnia.
I sent a screenshot of this post about plants “curing” sleep apnea to several of my coworkers (also sleep doctors), and we all had a good laugh about it. However, after thinking how funny this was, I actually became worried. Yes, worried about the patient who has severe sleep apnea and may be having obstructions in their breathing 30, 60, or a 100+ times an hour and has a CPAP but is struggling with tolerating it…and begins to search the internet and comes across some advice that is actually quite dangerous.
I then began to search the internet for various sleep topics and quickly realized there is a lot of BAD sleep advice available. I also noticed that most of the people giving advice about sleep have no formal training in sleep. Don’t get me wrong, there is some good sleep advice out there and some people who have no formal training in sleep are providing good, accurate information, but it was at this point that I knew I had to do something. I needed to get more information out.
Judging by the number of different domain names my husband and I attempted to use with the word “sleep” in it to come up with a name for this site, there must be (or has been) numerous sites about sleep. So, why another sleep site? As an expert in sleep, my goal is to provide the best and most accurate information to allow you to make good decisions for yourself.
I love educating people about sleep, and I have found that if you can improve someone’s sleep that the person’s quality of life markedly improves. I have also learned that most people have some sort of problem with sleep, whether it be snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, restless legs, or some other issue.
Because so many people struggle with some sort of sleep issue, I felt the need to reach out to more people, not just the patients I see in clinic. This website may only reach the eyes of my family and friends, but if I can improve even just one reader’s sleep (and consequently his or her quality of life) then the time put into this website will be worth the effort.
This website is for you, so please leave a comment and tell me what sleep-related obstacles you face and what sleep-related topics you want to know more about.