The National Sleep Foundation has been the leading expert voice in the world of sleep science and health for nearly thirty years. Since 1996, SleepFoundation.org has served as the public face of the nonprofit, a platform for its acclaimed Sleep in America poll, as well as the sleep education and advocacy programs that remain the cornerstone of the Foundation’s work.
National Sleep Foundation and Tuck Media Partnership
As of December 2019, the National Sleep Foundation transferred SleepFoundation.org to Tuck Media. The new SleepFoundation.org will feature a fresh medical board, expanded sleep science and data content, consumer reports, and intensive product reviews. The site will continue to publish the NSF’s latest research.
“We see the opportunity to partner with Tuck Media as a win/win for both parties. Tuck’s digital publishing competencies complement the NSF’s content skills and together provide the formula to propel the site to an entirely different level to serve more people for years to come.” – David Cloud, CEO, the National Sleep Foundation.
The team at Tuck Media is honored to acquire and grow SleepFoundation.org and further expand the reach of the site. We’ve been involved in digital publishing since 2001, with a focus on health and wellness since 2015. We know this relationship will allow us to further the mission of advocating for sleep health and wellness and improve upon the breadth and quality of the content along the way. We hope you’ll join us!
Medical Advisory Board
Our medical review panel ensures that SleepFoundation.org’s content and research uphold the highest standards of medical integrity. Our dedicated team is made up of the best and brightest in sleep science and medicine. All of our content is fact-checked and reviewed by either the National Sleep Foundation or our medical review panel. This additional step ensures the information we publish is accurate, evidence-based, up-to-date, and trustworthy.
Dr. Joel Gould
Dentist, Sleep Apnea Expert
Dr. Joel Gould has been practicing in Southern California since 2001. His General and Cosmetic Dental Practices treat patients of all ages and offer a broad range of treatments. Dr. Gould gained experience in pediatric dentistry, geriatrics, and hospital dentistry in Vancouver Canada for 10 years before moving to the Los Angeles area.
Dr. Gould has been treating obstructive sleep apnea in Manhattan Beach for several years before he was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2015 himself. His research into the underlying cause of this strange new disease led him to create his new “Sleep Restoration Program” designed to change the public’s perception of the ever-growing epidemic of insomnia and sleep apnea. His new book “The Modern Epidemic” describes a new organic health paradigm regarding treating autoimmune disease and chronic illness organically without pharmaceutical medications. The program focuses on sleep as an antiaging, and natural regeneration. His ultimate goal is to transform the world of insomnia, snoring and sleep apnea with his unique sleep restoration program. Dr. Gould strongly feels that sleep disorders are both reversible and preventable, which opposes what is commonly accepted in medicine.
Dr. Nilong Vyas
Dr. Vyas of Sleepless in NOLA Sleep Coaching is a Pediatrician, Public Health Specialist, and Board-Certified Sleep Expert. Getting babies to sleep is one of the most controversial, contradictory, and confusing aspects of parenting and Dr. Vyas not only takes parenting goals but the child’s developmental goals into consideration with her recommendations. She is knowledgeable not only of the common sleep approaches but more importantly, has a pediatric medical knowledge base. Her patients and clients adore their sleep doctor because she considers everything when giving advice knowing that sleep is not a solitary issue but intimately involved with the child’s holistic wellbeing, diet, development, and schedule.
Dr. Nilong Vyas is the mother of two well-rested boys and has been putting children to sleep professionally since 2014! She is a firm believer in the value of sleep (for the well-being of both children and their parents) and the need for healthy sleep habits. Her mantra ‘from good sleep comes good eaters, readers, and behaviors’ is the foundation of her practice. She passionately believes that well-rested children develop better socially, emotionally, and academically with fewer behavior problems. A well-rested child will result in a more harmonious household for all.
Dr. Alex Dimitriu
Dr. Dimitriu’s significant experience in both psychiatry and sleep medicine has taught him two important things. Sleep is fundamental to almost anything mind related – from anxiety to depression, energy, motivation, and even memory. He has also learned that everyone truly is a mix of nature and nurture – biology as well as psychology, and you have to treat the whole.
With this balanced approach, Dr. Dimitriu has seen truly amazing outcomes for some of the most challenging cases. He is the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, and is board certified in psychiatry as well as sleep medicine. His practice is a balanced mix of optimizing for peak performance by day, and peak restorative sleep by night. His patients are his teachers, and he works with some of the brightest minds to achieve peace, performance, and lasting results.
Dr. Kent Smith
Dentist, Sleep Apnea Expert
Dr. Kent Smith is double board certified in dental sleep medicine with over 20 years of experience in the treatment of sleep breathing disorders. He is president of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and is on the advisory committee of the Australasian Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery and Dentistry from Baylor College of Dentistry, and his bachelor’s degree from Lubbock Christian University in biology. In addition to running his private practice in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Smith is the founder and primary facilitator of 21st Century Sleep Seminars, a series of training events that prepares dental professionals to incorporate dental sleep medicine into their practices. He is also frequently published in Inside Dentistry, Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, Sleep Review, and other industry publications.
Dr. Jenny Iyo
Jennifer Iyo is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who works in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Seattle. She attended A.T. Still University in Phoenix, Arizona, where she earned her DPT. She specializes in hands-on manual therapy and tailored exercise programs for patients of all ages and ailments.
Management and In-House Testing Team
Our management team drives editorial and product testing at SleepFoundation.org. The team’s extensive expertise in mattresses, bedding, and sleep products coupled with their background in media, editorial, and digital marketing helps to make SleepFoundation.org one of the largest sleep information portals online.
Bill had been an entrepreneur for nearly 15 years before he decided his current lifestyle wasn’t healthy, and a change was needed. Taking a step back, he began to understand the extreme importance of sleep as part of one’s health regimen. In 2015, Bill dove head first into learning all he could in regards to sleep, and saw the potential to not only live more healthfully, but a true business growth area as individuals continue to invest in their personal health and wellness. From designing and constructing mattresses for sale online, to becoming a Certified Sleep Science Coach, and even reviewing thousands of sleep products, he now understands the needs of the consumer from both sides. Bill graduated from Xavier University where he captained the baseball team, and now lives in Cincinnati with his wife and two sons.
Logan is a Certified Sleep Science Coach with a deep understanding of what it means to struggle with sleep. She’s spent the last year researching and testing sleep products, including mattresses, natural sleep aids, and bedding. As a chronic insomniac, she aims to bring her findings to anyone struggling with getting adequate rest. Her expertise is in creating informative, trustworthy, and useful health content. When she’s not testing mattresses or researching CBT-I, she enjoys spending time outside with her dog Pepper.
Danny is a Minneapolis native who studied neuroscience as well as human development from a psychological perspective at the University of Puget Sound. He is a Certified Sleep Science Coach with a deep understanding of sleep and the body’s needs. Danny has personally tested hundreds of sleep products and has an extensive base of knowledge when it comes to mattresses. Outside of the world of sleep, his interests include electronic music, fashion, and old myths and legends.
Lauren is a Certified Sleep Science Coach from the Atlanta area with an educational background in linguistics. She has experience testing a wide variety of sleep products, from everyday staples like pillows, sheets, and mattresses to more obscure items such as night guards for bruxism and white noise machines. When not testing sleep products, Lauren enjoys hiking, sewing, and watching movies while under a weighted blanket.
Ye-San has been intrigued by the science of sleep from a young age. From sleeping on tatami mats as a child to continually exploring different sleep technologies and remedies as an adult, he’s always sought different ways of attaining the ideal sleep environment while finding solutions for when that ideal sleep environment is not achievable. Prior to joining the Sleep Foundation, Ye-San built his career at consultancies, startups, and large corporations such as Microsoft and Amazon. With a passion for the pursuit of wellness and always advocating for the consumer, he looks to utilize his skills and experience for the betterment of those seeking a boost in sleep health. Ye-San graduated from Whitman College in 2004 with degrees in Economics and Asian Studies.
Eric Suni has over a decade of experience in health communications. For over seven years at Fred Hutch, Seattle’s prestigious cancer research center, he worked as a science writer and information specialist for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service, communicating directly with cancer patients, their family members, and the general public to explain complex topics in an understandable and compassionate way. He is passionate about promoting health and wellness by creating up-to-date, evidence-based resources and believes that improving sleep can have far-reaching benefits for public health.
The sleep health content and data appearing on SleepFoundation.org undergo a rigorous vetting process prior to publication. Our team of medical and health writers submit their original work to our Medical Review Panel made up of physicians, psychiatrists, and other credentialed medical specialists. Our product recommendations are based on in-house testing and analysis, as well as verified owner experiences curated from surveys and polls, direct feedback, and authentic product reviews. Our product ratings and recommendations are made independently of any relationships we may have with manufacturers.
To learn more about our health editorial policy, please click here.
To learn more about our sleep product review process, please visit our product research methodology page here.
Additional editors/reviewers include (but are not limited to) the following individuals:
Barbara Phillips, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Christopher Drake, Ph.D.
Daniel S. Lewin, Ph.D., D.ABSM
David G. Davila, MD
David Neubauer, MD
David Rye, MD, PhD
Mark Mahowald, MD
Donald L. Bliwise, PhD
Emerson M. Wickwire, PhD, ABPP, CBSM
Greg Belenky, MD
Helene Emsellem, MD
James Frederic Pagel, Jr., MS, MD
Jerrold A. Kram, MD, FCCP, FAASM
Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D.
Joseph Ojile, MD, FCCP, D.ABSM
Mark Mahowald, MD
Meir H. Kryger, MD, FRCPC
Michael Vitiello, PhD
Andrew Monjan, PhD, MPH
Richard P. Allen, PhD
Merrill M. Mitler, PhD
Ronald Chervin, MD, MS
Sherwood M. Chetlin, MD
Carol Landis, DNSc, RN, FAAN
Victor Hoffstein, MD
William C. Orr, PhD
The opinions and views of our medical advisors do not necessarily represent those of SleepFoundation.org.
SleepFoundation.org receives funding from affiliate relationships with most of the companies in the sleep product industry. The reality is that funding from our partnerships is what allows us to continually build out more in-depth sleep information, work with the best experts in sleep, and conduct research. We aim to be as transparent as possible about our testing processes and how we make the decisions around product recommendations. We never allow our financial relationships to influence the content we create.
We have specific guidelines we follow to ensure that advertising never gets in the way of editorial integrity. To learn more about how we’re funded, please read our full advertising disclosure here.
All content on our site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.