Welcome to No Sleepless Nights – a resource and blog which aims to help you sleep better at night.
My name’s Ethan Green. I’m the founder of this website, the writer of most of the articles, and unfortunately a bit of an insomniac.
It’s not an official term, but I call myself a part-time insomniac because it comes and goes; it’s just one of many light-hearted ways I try to cope with my sleep problems.
Ever since my early teens I’ve struggled with insomnia, and even now as I turn 40 it’s still an issue from time to time. With some key lifestyle and attitude changes though, I usually manage to sleep much better than I once did.
To tell you a bit about my background, I studied Psychology in the 1990s at University College London and worked in mental health for many years.
My understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, however, doesn’t just come from my education. It comes from a combination of personal experience and a huge amount of time passionately researching the topics I write about.
It’s important that you understand this background though. If you’re reading this site to get help, or even to do your own research for educational purposes, please remember that I’m not a doctor or medical professional.
What I am though is someone who knows how to research and cover a topic comprehensively, and provide the kind of information I know people are interested in. And importantly, I know what it feels like to struggle through life when you’re constantly sleep deprived.
So please use the information contained in this site as a complement to medical treatment or research on scientific websites, not a substitute.
The aims of No Sleepless Nights
My core aim with this website is to help you get the best night’s sleep you can. And there are 4 main principles which will hopefully help you achieve that:
1. To provide information about sleep in everyday language
You can find an enormous amount of information about sleep online, but there are two problems which often crop up: either the source contains lots of medical and scientific terminology, or it’s oversimplified and doesn’t explain important details.
So my aim here is to cover important topics in sufficient detail, but in a way that can be easily understood by everyone.
2. To provide a wide range of self-help techniques
Most people have heard some of the common self-help techniques for insomnia, such as drinking relaxing tea, not watching TV in bed and taking exercise. But there’s a whole world of self-help techniques that go beyond these classic tips.
The aim is to provide a vast resource of all known self-help techniques, and keep you informed of new ones as they appear.
3. To encourage and respond to your participation
In my view, the most interesting parts of this site are the long comment threads on some articles. What makes them so special is how much comfort people take from knowing that they aren’t alone.
And the sense that people are sharing their own techniques and ideas, especially as there isn’t always a simple or obvious medical solution for some sleep problems.
Here are some of my favorite examples:
- The personal stories people have shared about sleep paralysis.
- The unusual but common jerking or falling sensation due to hypnic jerks.
- People discovering what exploding head syndrome is.
- Finding out that making strange groaning sounds goes by the name of catathrenia.
4. To provide detailed sleep product reviews
I pride myself on conducting thorough tests and reviews of sleep products. Whether it’s a large piece of equipment like a bed cooling or heating system, or something small like earplugs or over the counter sleep aids, I try to present both the best and most affordable in each category.
My hope is that my personal experience and knowledge of these products will help you find something which meets both your needs and your budget.
Thanks for taking the time to read about me, and I hope you find No Sleepless Nights to be a useful resource. If you have any questions about the site or the content, please feel free to contact me.