About Sleepopolis

Getting a good night’s sleep shouldn’t feel like a chore. We’ll help you find a great mattress, the answer to all your sleep questions, and all the dreamy Zzz’s in between. 

We Love What We Do

Our mission is a simple one: We want to help you get incredible sleep. How? Two main ways: First, we live, breathe, eat, and sleep (ha!)…sleep. We sift through the noise of the Internet to bring you the sleep health information you need to know, whether that’s a news piece on the latest sleep product recall or a deep dive into what the science says about meditation for sleep. 

Second: We test everything. Mattresses, pillows, sleep masks, weighted blankets…you name it, we’ve personally tested it in our studios and labs. We’re honest about the good, the bad, and everything in between in every single one of our reviews, roundups, or comparisons, and we tailor our recommendations as specifically as possible (are you a combination side sleeper with neck pain looking for a new pillow? We have just the pillow for you). If we recommend it, rest easy knowing we’ve put it through a detailed testing process. We do earn commissions from affiliate links, but that doesn’t impact the editorial integrity of our product content. Learn more about our testing methodology and process here.  

The Sleepopolis team takes incredible pride in the work we do. We hope that the reviews, news, and sleep information we publish help you get a better night’s sleep. And though the job is fun – it’s not all naps! We love creating content that you enjoy, whether it’s on our site or a video on our YouTube page. Speaking of the team…

The Team

Dr. Shelby Harris

Dr. Shelby Harris, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Director of Sleep Health

As a sleep doctor, my mission is to help everyone get a good night's sleep. As a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in behavioral sleep medicine, I've treated a wide variety of sleep disorders, including insomnia, nightmares, and narcolepsy, with a focus on non-pharmacological interventions. I'm board-certified in behavioral sleep medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the author of The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia: Get a Good Night’s Sleep Without Relying on Medication.

How I Sleep: I always start on my stomach, then wake up on my back. Getting used to sleeping on my side while pregnant twice was quite an adjustment – and shortly after having my kids, I went straight back to my usual ways!
Pro Tip: Whatever you go to bed with on your mind will be there when you wake up in the middle of the night. I make sure to get things out of my head a good 30 to 60 minutes before bed every night to help quiet my mind. If I wake up and think of something in the middle of the night, I write it down quick and get it out of my head and back to sleep.

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Alanna Nuñez
Head of Content

Hi everyone! I'm Alanna, the head of content at Sleepopolis. I oversee the content and brand strategy and lead the team that creates best-in-class sleep health, news, and product reviews.

How I Sleep: All over the place – While I start out sleeping on my side, I often wake up to find myself sprawled out on my stomach (to the annoyance of my husband and dog!).
Pro Tip: Put your phone down or avoid screens for an hour before bed to get a better night's sleep (I know, I know, but it really works).


Bridget Chapman
Senior Editor

Hi, friends! I'm Bridget, a Certified Sleep Science Coach and your senior editor here at Sleepopolis. From testing mattresses to writing about various sleep health topics, my goal is to help you get a good night's sleep. You can also find me in videos on our YouTube channel!

How I Sleep: I'm a combo sleeper, switching between sleeping on my side and back. I love a soft, yet supportive mattress.
Pro Tip: Keep the bedroom dark and cool at night to help reach your deepest sleep.


Amelia Jerden
Senior Staff Writer

Howdy! I'm Amelia and I'm a senior staff writer for Sleepopolis with a focus on accessories, such as pillows, blankets, mattress toppers, and more. I love to sleep and I hope to help you all find the rights products to create your perfect sleep environment. You can find my reviews here on Sleepopolis, as well as over on our YouTube channel!

How I Sleep: Usually I'm a back sleeper, and occasionally a side sleeper. I like a mattress I can sink into a bit, but that provides lots of support.
Pro Tip: Scrolling through TikTok in bed is not conducive to good sleep! (I can admit, I'm guilty of this one.)

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Rachel Lattin
Senior Video Editor

Hey there! I'm Rachel, Sleepopolis's senior video editor. I edit and create motion graphics for all the videos on our Youtube channel.

How I Sleep: I’m a side combo sleeper with a love for latex.
Pro Tip: Learn how to fold a fitted sheet! It's a game-changer for organizing your extra bedding.

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Jessica Banks
Health Editor

Hi there! I'm Jessica, the health editor here at Sleepopolis. Whether you're wondering about pregnancy and sleep, sleep disorders, how to catch some zzz's on your next flight or anything in between, our health content has you covered.

How I Sleep: I'm a combo sleeper, typically falling asleep on my side (after no less than three flips from the right to the left) and waking up on my back. I'm also apparently a bit of a blanket hog despite my best efforts.
Pro Tip: Don't feed your frustration if you're having a hard time falling asleep — that will just make sleep more elusive! Instead, focus on staying calm and slipping into a sleepy mindset doing what works best for you.

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Dan Caffrey
Senior Performance Editor

Dan Caffrey is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and the Performance Editor at Sleepopolis, where he edits the site's roundups and creates new sleep content. He has his MFA In Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, and you can often find his theatre work being produced around the country. He also co-hosts two popular horror podcasts on the Bloody Disgusting Podcast Network — The Losers' Club: A Stephen King Podcast and Halloweenies: A Horror Franchise Podcast.

How I Sleep: I always start on my back, but find myself switching to my side right as I'm about to nod off. Our dog Hank shares the bed with my wife and I, so I wonder if I've become a combination sleeper by necessity.
Pro Tip: A common tip for side sleepers is to place a pillow between your knees to prevent any discomfort. But I've found that wearing pajama pants can be just as effective.

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Julia Medina
Staff News Writer

Hi all! I’m Julia, a staff news writer here at Sleepopolis. I cover anything from breaking sleep news to the latest sleep trends and everything in-between. My goal is to keep well informed about what's going on in the sleep world.

How I Sleep: I’m a combo sleeper, with a tendency of falling asleep on my stomach and waking up on my back. I like a soft, but supportive pillow and linen sheets.
Pro Tip: Instead of tossing and turning because of the million thoughts running through your mind, write down anything that’s keeping you awake. This can help your mind and body relax leading to better sleep.

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Sarah Carlton
Community Manager

Howdy, y'all! I’m Sarah, Sleepopolis’ Community Mananger. From silly TikToks to informational Instagram carousels, I lead our social media strategy to create engaging content for all to enjoy. Be sure to follow our profiles and say hi!

How I Sleep: I love sleeping with brown noise in the background, and black-out curtains are a must. During the night, I do toss-and-turn, but I get the best sleep with I fall asleep on my back. I'm also team #nosocks; I could never sleep with them on.
Pro Tip: Your bedroom is your cave! Decorate it in a way that makes you feel comfortable and safe. A dark safe space can help you wind down at night and make your bedroom feel like a stress-free oasis.

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Juniper Nie
Community Management Associate

Hi there! I’m Juniper, Community Management Associate. I collaborate with the Sleepopolis team to provide engaging, interactive social media posts, content, and short-form visuals revolving around the world of sleep. Be sure to follow us on social media, which is also linked on the Sleepopolis website!

How I Sleep: I am a combo sleeper who tends to fall asleep on my side and then wake up on my back or vice versa; it all depends on my pet cat's position during our nightly bedtime routine. #catmom
Pro Tip: A weighted blanket could be an excellent solution for calming a restless sleeper. From easing anxiety and sleep troubles, or improving comfort and security, I highly recommend considering a weighted blanket for those much-needed nights of leisure.

Meghan Hynes Cole

Meghan Hynes Cole
Newsletter Editor

Hi! I'm Meghan, the newsletter editor at Sleepopolis, and I make sure our great sleep content gets delivered straight to your inbox. My goal is to send you all the must-know health information, fun new products, news tips and more that you need for the best night's sleep.

How I Sleep: I start out sleeping on my right side, but I'll switch between my side and back throughout the night. I also love having multiple blankets and am a huge fan of wearing socks to bed!
Pro Tip: Dim the lights in the evening, even if you're still up watching TV or reading. It's so simple, but it really helps your brain transition to night.

Our Experts

The Sleepopolis Expert Network is made up of prominent sleep industry experts and other sleep professionals. Sleepopolis experts help verify content throughout the site, with a particular emphasis on our sleep health content and information.

Our experts include preeminent sleep psychologists, creators of cutting-edge sleep wellness products, and board-certified physicians who specialize in sleep disorders. Others have built well-known practices devoted to sleep dentistry, children’s sleep, and such sleep-related conditions as neck and back pain.

Several have published top-selling books, made media appearances on major news outlets, and are leaders in the fields of sleep medicine and research. Our experts contribute to top medical journals and speak about sleep science and wellness in the U.S. and abroad.

The Sleepopolis Expert Network represents some of the most accomplished authorities in the world of sleep medicine. Check out their profiles at the Sleepopolis Expert Network hub, or read in-depth interviews with our experts on the Sleepopolis News page.

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Annie Schlecht, MOTR/L, CIMI

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Christina Pierpaoli Parker, PhD and a postdoctoral clinical research fellow at the University of Alabama, specializes in adult and geriatric behavioral medicine. Her research and clinical interests explore the intersection of psychological and

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Dr. Daniel Barone

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Dr. Janet K. Kennedy, PhD.

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Dr. Jeff Rodgers

Dr. Jeff Rodgers specializes in dental sleep medicine and has been in private practice for over 20 years.  A Diplomate of both the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) and the American

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Dr. Joshua Tal

Dr. Joshua Tal is a licensed psychologist with a private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. He specializes in insomnia treatment, addiction recovery, and life transition stress. 

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Dr. Keith Poorbaugh

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Dr. Michael Grandner, Ph.D

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Dr. Michele Kambolis, PhD

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Dr. Nicole Moshfegh, Psy.D.

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Dr. Peace Nwegbo-Banks, MD, FACOG

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Erica Curcio, LMHC, ATR

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Jeff Rothschild, RD

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Joseph Krainin, MD

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Kaliq Chang, MD

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800 Westmere Ave
Charlotte, NC, 28208

Email: info@sleepopolis.com

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So now that you’ve gotten to know a little bit about us, let’s get to know you! Hop on over to our education page for all your sleep questions, check out our newest mattress reviews, or catch up on the latest sleep news and trends. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for your weekly dose of wind-down recommendations, sleep tips and tricks, and expert advice from Dr. Harris.