A note from Penny…
Easysleepguide.com was launched on the heels of my first year as a new parent. I had never truly realized how critical sleep was, until after that first year of sleepless nights. Everyone talks about not getting any sleep when you have a newborn, but I had no idea what I was in for and how much it would affect me.
Sleeping in one to two hour intervals if I was lucky, I started noticing a huge difference in my ability to remember things or perform the simplest tasks. It scared me to see how much I was affected by the lack of sleep I was getting. The term zombie is an accurate description of what I felt like but for some reason, I didn’t think it would be as bad as it turned out to be. As a result, I started looking into the side effects of prolonged sleep loss and the things I learned had a huge impact on my life.
There are tons of blogs and scientific data you can find online however, there was one particular book that made the biggest impact on me. It is from the leading scientific voice on the importance of sleep and dreaming, Dr. Matthew Walker. Also known as “The Sleep Ambassador”, Dr. Walker is the director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab and his book is called, ”Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams”.
This book formed the foundation of my understanding and relationship to sleep and dreams. I recommend anyone reading this blog who wants to improve the quality of their life through improved sleep should read it. As a result, this website and blog was created as an informational, spiritual and holistic guide to all things sleep and dreams related.
We all have a unique relationship with sleeping and our dreams. For some it can be a spiritual experience every night, for others it can be a mystery or even a challenge…but there are many similarities we all share. Helping everyone figure out how to get the best sleep of your dreams is our mission and what easysleepguide.com is all about.
Meet Penny Albright – Founder, Chief Editor
How often do you wake up in the morning feeling really refreshed and ready to start the day? If you are anything like me, it almost always feels like I can sleep for another hour or even two most mornings.
A few years ago, I found myself asking why is that? If sleep is so critical, what is it about human nature that prevents us from always getting the best night of sleep possible?
After struggling with prolonged bouts of sleeplessness, I began to ask the question, what can I do to make sure I always have the best sleep experience possible?
Hi, my name is Penny Albright and I absolutely LOVE to sleep. I became obsessed with all things sleep related once I began to realize how much of a role it plays in my daily life.
Everything from the ambiance of my room, to the pillows, bedding and pajamas I use, to the movies or TV I watch before bed and the sounds I like to hear that help me to fall asleep each night.
I also started becoming insanely curious about my own dreams. Why do I have the dreams that I have? Are my dreams telling me something? Does anyone else have weird dreams or are my dreams normal? How do you interpret dreams? What do they mean? Are they important?
Having these constant questions are what started me on my journey to become an expert in the art, science and experience of all things related to sleeping and dreams.
Through my own personal experiences and ongoing research, I regularly speak with experts in the field of sleep science, sleep technology and dream interpretation.
I’ve partnered with a team of medical experts to help me write, review and ensure the content and information that is shared on this website is well-researched, easy to understand and actionable for anyone seeking answers.
As the easysleepguide.com website and social media community continue to grow, the core principles I am following and my purpose for creating this website and community are 1). my passion to help others and 2). to share the best information I’ve learned from my personal experiences.
It is my sincere hope and commitment that you find the content and community of easysleepguide.com informative, inspirational and transformational when it comes to helping you get the sleep of your dreams.
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Meet Our World-Class Editorial Team
Our team of experts strive to provide the most effective information surrounding various topics that affect sleep and dreams
Dr. Walt Pickut, MS, RPSGT, RRT-SDS
I hold a Master of Science degree in medical physiology, board registry in polysomnographic technology (RPSGT), and registry as a sleep disorder specialist (RRT-SDS) awarded by NBRC, with seven years of experience in hospital-based sleep labs. In addition, while serving as director of education for the Anesthesiology Department at Jersey City Medical Center early in my career, I completed all hospital-based clinical rotations in Clinical Diagnosis through New Jersey College of Medicine.
I found sleep medicine to be a uniquely satisfying career choice. It creates remarkable opportunities for wholistic patient care. I discovered that treatment for sleep disturbances can be life-changing, not only physically, but emotionally, professionally, and sometimes even in empowering patients to heal their most important relationships.
Rarely, however, had any aspect of my previous 20-year career focusing on cardiopulmonary medicine affected me as much as when my own adult son’s health, family-life, and career were dramatically transformed by a diagnosis of sleep apnea and a well-titrated CPAP intervention.
My experience also includes diagnostics and therapeutics in cardiopulmonary care, hospital department management in those fields, university-level teaching, and research. However, a renewed interest in the groundbreaking new discoveries in sleep neuroscience, prompted by my own experience, drew me into this specialty.
Dr. Danielle Kelvas, MD (Medical Advisor)
Dr. Danielle Kelvas, MD earned her medical degree from Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.
She served a term as the National Chair of Global Health for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), regularly speaking to legislators on Capitol Hill to advocate for healthcare reform in the U.S., and published a global health program for medical students that is used by New York Medical College and AMSA.
She began residency training in Emergency Medicine and later switched to Primary Care. She embarked on the World Race and has since led multiple medical volunteer trips internationally, working with groups like Health Talents International, Kenya Relief, and Mission Lazarus. Dr. Kelvas is widely published and currently funded to write a novel on PTSD in healthcare providers. In her free time, Dr. Kelvas travels, meditates, and practices yoga.
Dr. Molly Ann, PhD, MCHES
Having successfully completed both her Ph.D. in Preventive Medicine and her credentials as an advanced certified intuitive healing practitioner. Dr. Molly Ann is a professor of Research Methods & Public Health in Los Angeles. Her research focuses on traditional healing modalities and social justice in health for rising potential populations. Her intuitive healing practices integrate both Western medicine research and ancient traditions of healing from a variety of worldwide perspectives.
Dr. Molly Annprimarily works remotely and worldwide with whom she lovingly calls her “Divine Co-Creators” who want to come into knowing their intuitive guidance system, inner healing powers, and manifesting abilities. She is best known for her healing ritual baths which integrate crystals, essential oils, and intuitively constructed positive affirmations of healing. She is also well known for her e-books on Wiccan perspectives including dream interpretation.
Dr. Baran Erdik, MD, MHPA
Dr. Baran Erdik is an M.D. with further specialization in Internal Medicine/Cardiology. He traveled the world, working as a physician in New Zealand, Germany and Washington State.
After earning his Master’s in Healthcare Administration and Policy from Washington State University, graduating summa cum laude, he decided to make a turn in his career. His master’s degree opened the door for him to a different aspect of the healthcare industry which highly piqued his interest.
He found his new passion in consulting for hospitals and medical practices, where he could leverage his physician experience – understanding the needs of the clinicians – as well as his studies in healthcare administration.