My education and background
I obtained a BSc in Psychology at University College London in 1998. Following that, I worked for a mental health charity in London for more than a decade.
I started this website back in 2012 to share my experience of tackling my own sleep problems in the hope that others might benefit from the practical solutions I’ve discovered along the way.
Despite having a background in Psychology, it’s important to be clear from the outset that I don’t have formal qualifications in sleep science or medicine. So if you came to this website looking for medical advice regarding sleep or health problems, I recommend consulting your healthcare provider or doctor instead.
What you will find here though is articles in which I discuss my own difficulties with sleep, along with some helpful tips I’ve picked up over the years. I also create in-depth bedding and sleep tech reviews to help others find the right sleep products for their needs.
My experience of sleep problems
I’ve had more issues with my sleep than I wish were the case! They include:
- As a child, I regularly sleepwalked and had nightmares. Even now, I still sometimes have nightmares, which I’m not embarrassed to admit.
- I’ve suffered from periods of insomnia for more than 20 years.
- I sometimes have sleep paralysis, hypnic jerks, confusional arousals, and false awakenings.
As a light sleeper who is sensitive to external stimuli, I also understand how disruptive environmental factors can be to our sleep, such as noise, light, discomfort, and feeling too hot or too cold in bed.
For that reason, I’m passionate about finding effective ways to tackle those problem
1. To share self-help techniques for better sleep
I’m a big believer in the potential for self-help techniques to improve sleep and stress, so I regularly try new ideas and write about them.
There are several articles with self-help tips on this site, and a good starting point are the main good sleep habits I discuss on the sleep hygiene page.
2. To share my personal experience of coping with sleep problems
I write about sleep problems that I have personal experience with. I share how they affect me and what, if anything, makes them more manageable.
I also look at what sleep experts and researchers say about these sleep problems, and discuss the points that I think are interesting and potentially useful to others.
Several articles now have more than a thousand comments spread over many years. Some readers say they feel reassured to know they aren’t alone in experiencing a sleep problem.
Readers often share their own tips too, which I turn them into lists of reader’s tips at the end of the article so others can decide if they are worth trying.
You can browse these articles on the sleep articles category page.
3. To provide in-depth sleep product reviews and comparisons
I pride myself on meticulously testing sleep products in a real-life setting. I try my best to highlight all the little details, pros, and cons that might not be immediately obvious when you’re shopping online.
Whether it’s a complex bed cooling or heating system, sleep headphones, a white noise machine, or an over the counter sleep aid, I try my best to create balanced and fair reviews.
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.
In most cases, I buy the items I write about myself. I do sometimes accept a demo, but I’m always clear to the company concerned that giving me a demo doesn’t entitle them to a glowing review – just a fair one, the same as all the others.
I’ve never accepted a cash payment from a company simply to discuss their brand or product. However, I may sometimes earn a commission if you buy a product via one of my links. This doesn’t change the price you pay and it doesn’t influence my review. You can find out more about this on my affiliate disclosure page.
If you’d like to see some of my core reviews, take a look at the main sleep product comparisons page.
Thanks for taking the time to read about me and No Sleepless Nights. If you have any questions about the site or the content, please feel free to contact me.
You can also watch my latest videos and keep in touch on the No Sleepless Nights YouTube channel.