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Top Ten Social HealthMakers: Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Check out authors, bloggers, yoga instructors, psychologists and public speakers, providing unique perspectives on sleep and ways to sleep better.

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We all feel sleep-deprived from time to time. But for the 15 million Americans who do shift work, sleep troubles can take a much bigger toll. They may suffer from Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD), a condition caused by work schedules that go against the body's natural circadian rhythm.Sharecare Now, powered by WCG, has identified the most prominent online influencers investigating the sleep problems that plague us today. Find out more about SWSD and other sleep issues at Sleep Disorders Topic Center.
Michael J. Breus, PhD

2 / 11 Michael J. Breus, PhD

Michael J. Breus, PhD, a clinical psychologist with a specialty in sleep disorders, and both a diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is dedicated to informing the public and healthcare communities about sleep disorders and "disordered sleep" in a sleep-deprived society.
Brandon Peters, MD

3 / 11 Brandon Peters, MD

Dr. Brandon Peters is a neurology resident at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was trained as a polysomnographic technician and also worked in clinical sleep medicine prior to starting medical school. He has researched and published articles on the sleep habits of university students as well as circadian rhythm disorders in the blind.


American Academy of Sleep Medicine

4 / 11 American Academy of Sleep Medicine

The AASM is a professional membership society that is the leader in setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research. To date, 1,500 sleep centers and 9,900 physicians, researchers and health care professionals aremembers of the AASM.


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Lisa Shives, MD

5 / 11 Lisa Shives, MD

Nationally recognized as a sleep expert, Dr. Lisa Shives has been at the forefront of sleep health for nearly a decade, completing her fellowship in sleep medicine at the University of Chicago. She is an official spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a frequent contributor to CNN's "The Chart" blog.
Cleveland Clinic

6 / 11 Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic, with locations in Cleveland, Florida, Las Vegas and Toronto, is a not-for-profit, multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Their mission is to provide compassionate healthcare of the highest quality in a setting of education and research.
National Sleep Foundation

7 / 11 National Sleep Foundation

The NSF is a charitable, educational and scientific organization dedicated to improving sleep health and safety through education, public awareness and advocacy. Central to the mission of NSF is alerting the public, healthcare providers and policymakers to the life-and-death importance of adequate sleep.
Deborah Kotz

8 / 11 Deborah Kotz

Deborah Kotz has covered diverse health and wellness topics as a health reporter and blogger for the Boston Globe since December 2010, where she writes the "The Daily Dose" blog. Previously, she worked as a senior writer for U.S. News and World Report from 2005–2010. Deborah is a graduate of Cornell University.
Anahad O' Connor

9 / 11 Anahad O' Connor

Anahad O'Connor has been a writer for The New York Timessince 2003, writing predominately about science, health and national issues. He is the author of the book Never Shower in a Thunderstorm: Surprising Facts and Misleading Myths about Our Health and the World We Live In. Anahad received his psychology degree from Yale University.


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Steven Y. Park, MD

10 / 11 Steven Y. Park, MD

Steven Y. Park, MD, is an author and surgeon with a passion to identify and empower people to overcome sleep-related breathing problems, which he believes is an underlying reason for many common ailments. He received his undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons.

Catherine Darley, ND

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In 2003, Dr. Darley originated the new field of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine by opening The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine in Seattle Washington. She has worked for some of the leading researchers on children's sleep, and as a technologist at the Virginia Mason Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center.