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When we research a new topic, one of the first things we do is talk to our team of experts on sleep. Through our work, we've built some great relationships with doctors, nurses, chiropractors, and dentists who all lend their expertise, opinions, and often write and review our content. We also rely on this team of experts to make sure that what we write about is tied to the latest medical research, studies, and resources in the area of sleep health.

Devin Burke Sleep Expert
Devin Burke
Named "One of the top 25 health coaches" in America, Devin Burke is a TEDx speaker, best-selling author, renowned sleep coach and founder of the Sleep Science Academy. The Sleep Science Academy helps people to start sleeping using a unique holistic approach based on science. Devin has helped thousands of people improve their sleep and their lives.
Dr. Paola Cuevas, MVZ (Vet)
Dr. Paola Cuevas, MVZ (Vet)
Dr. Paola is the senior Veterinarian at Hepper. Over nearly two decades of experience in animal care, she has worked with various species, from companion animals to exotics. Nowadays, Paola focuses mainly on sharing her knowledge and educating pet parents to help improve animal lives worldwide. Her passion is animal welfare, and she loves to focus on the importance of preventive medicine.


Paola graduated from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.


Dr. Cuevas has over 18 years of veterinary and animal behaviorist experience and has worked with various species, from companion animals to exotics. She has skills in nutrition, microscopy, clinical pathology, diagnostic imaging, and endoscopy, as well as extensive experience in positive reinforcement animal training.
Dr. RJ Burr
Founder of REACH Rehab + Chiropractic Performance Center. Dr. RJ Burr works and lives according to the belief that to have a healthy, pain-free lifestyle, you must be responsible for your health by eating well and moving well. He believes that what you do when you're awake has a major impact on how you sleep.
Aaron Karns - Start Sleeping Founder
Aaron Karns
Aaron Karns, MA has a Bachelor of Economics from Eastern Michigan University and a master's degree in International Economics. Aaron did market research for 6 years, where he conducted focus group testing for products. He's one of our main product testers and researchers. Aaron is an outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys mountain biking and camping and is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast.
Ryan Fiorenzi, BS, Certified Sleep Science Coach
Ryan Fiorenzi is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and cofounder of Start Sleeping. He suffered from chronic insomnia due to lower back pain and chronic stress, which led him to study sleep and overcome his sleep issues.
Dr. Nicole Moshfegh
Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Nicole Moshfegh is a UCLA-trained licensed clinical psychologist with a practice in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in the treatment and assessment of insomnia, anxiety, depression, burnout, and trauma and is certified in cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based treatments. She additionally has expertise in career, relationship, and cultural issues. Her most recent book is: The Book of Sleep: 75 Strategies to Relieve Insomnia
Mary Sweeney
Mary Sweeney, RN, BSN, CEN, ONN-CG, is an oncology nurse navigator and medical writer. Before working in nurse navigation and patient education, Mary was an ER nurse at a level 1 trauma center, followed by active duty time as an officer in the Navy Nurse Corps. In the military, she worked in several areas including emergency/trauma, post-anesthesia, and deployment medicine. In her career, she has picked up on the important value sleep plays to health.
Kat Duff
Sleep Author

Kat Duff is the author of The Alchemy of Illness (Pantheon, 1993) and The Secret Life of Sleep (Beyond Words and Oneworld, 2014).

She writes at the intersection of the natural world and the human imagination as it occurs in our everyday experiences, and maintains a blog at SecretLifeOfSleep.com. She lives in northern New Mexico where she works as a counselor.

Dr. Ryan Colosi
Dr. Ryan P. Colosi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, ABPD College of Diplomates, Southeast Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. He has followed in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Russell Colosi, who has owned a general dentistry practice outside of Buffalo, NY for over 35 years. Dr. Colosi has served in the US Navy Dental Corps and worked in private practices in Buffalo, NY, Lexington, SC & Charlotte, NC. He is passionate about the importance of sleep and works with people experiencing many types of sleep disturbances.
Dr. Matthew Russell
Dr. Russell attended the prestigious New York Chiropractic College where he completed his Doctorate degree. He quickly grew his family practice into one of the larger wellness clinics in the region and began serving his community in various ways – with an overwhelming emphasis on postural correction. After treating thousands of patients, it became clear that sleep deprivation and the associated relationship with chronic pain was one of the root causes of these concerns. Dr. Russell began designing therapeutic pillows that were based entirely on the science of anatomy, biomechanics, and ergonomics. While completing his Masters of Business Administration degree (MBA), Dr. Russell founded Slumbar Pillows.
Rebekah Karns
Rebekah Karms currently works at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as a postdoctoral fellow in biomedical informatics. She focuses on childhood obesity, and she has a deep understanding on the impact that general health has on sleep quality. Before her current role, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati's Doctoral Graduate Program in Molecular Epidemiology and the Preparing Future Faculty Program.
Yasmin Johnston
Pediatric Sleep Consultant
Yasmin Johnston is a pediatric sleep specialist and founder of Mindful Sleep Consulting. With the birth of her second son, she experienced 5 months of sleepless nights, sleeping 3 hours or less per night. She hired a sleep consultant and within 2 weeks her son was taking two naps per day and and was sleeping through the night. It was because of this experience that she decided to do the same for other exhausted parents, and she trained with Dana Nobleman, the creator of The Sleep Sense™ Program, which is accredited by the International Association of Professional Sleep Consultants. Her focus is helping children who struggle with sleep, as well as the parents to develop a customized sleep plan to help everyone get more restful sleep.
Amberlie Price
Yoga and Meditation Teacher
Amberlie Price has been teaching yoga since 2009. She teaches Vinyasa yoga as well as other fitness classes including HIIT, dance, and bootcamp.  She currently teaches in Northeast Ohio.

Sources And Partners

Below you'll find some of the most trusted sources that we use when researching sleep topics and creating educational resources, tools and product guides. For any topic we cover we search for scholarly sources, medical experts and peer-reviewed studies with conclusive results to support our work.

University Of Michigan Health System - Start Sleeping Sources
Anxiety And Depression Association Of America - Start Sleeping Sources
National Library of Medicine - Start Sleeping Sources
National Sleep Foundation - Start Sleeping Sources
National Safety Council - Start Sleeping Sources
American Academy of Pediatrics - Start Sleeping Sources
US Department of Health and Human Services - Start Sleeping Sources
Mayo Clinic Health System - Start Sleeping Sources