10 Most influential people in sleep

December 14, 2020 6 mins read
10 Most influential people in sleep

Who are the world’s top sleep influencers? We love sleep and believe it’s one of the most important aspects of health and wellness. That’s why we love the fact that there are some powerful voices in the world today helping to teach people about the importance of sleep and helping to improve their sleep quality.

From doctors and scientists educating the world about good sleep to podcasters who have perfected the art of the bedtime story, here is our list of the top 10 sleep influencers (and their stats):

Twitter YouTube Subscribers Instagram Facebook Combined Following Domain Authority
Arianna Huffington 2.8M 1.59K 704k 1.3M 4.8M 65
Shawn Stevenson 11.2K 66.4K 121k 42K 240.6k 62
Michael Breus 28.9K 109K 48.8K 186.7k 62
Kim West 3.3K 4.87K 19.4K 126.2K 153.7k 49
Matthew Walker 73.9K 720 5.4k 80k 60
Drew Ackerman 14.6K 32.5K 9.1k 56.2k 59
Lindsey Hennigar 24.7k 2k 24.9k 16
Aubrie DeBear, Psy.D 16.8k 401 17.2k
Craig Canapari 4K 755 1.6K 2.5K 8.9k 45
Doctor Steven Y. Park, MD 2.8K 2.19K 3.3K 8.3k 46

1. Arianna Huffington

If there is anyone who has made it their mission to educate the world about good sleep, it is entrepreneur and author, Arianna Huffington.

The co-founder of the Huffington Post became passionate about the subject of sleep after she passed out and fell from sleep deprivation due to working too much. This gave her the wake-up call she needed. She made sleep a priority, optimised her sleep habits and even wrote The Sleep Revolution.

Arianna also started Thrive Global, a company through which she also educates people on the importance of sleep and aims to end the epidemic of burnout.

2. Shawn Stevenson

While his content doesn’t solely focus on sleep, but health in general, Shawn Stevenson has been very influential in the sleep space thanks to his book, Sleep Smarter. He has his own podcast, The Model Health Show, in which he has spoken a lot about improving your sleep.

His appearances on other popular podcasts like Impact Theory by Tom Bilyeu, The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes and Kwik Brain by Jim Kwik have also racked up millions of views, making his reach in the field of sleep so much bigger.

Shawn Stevenson truly is passionate about sleep. Not only can he teach you a lot about sleep, but his soothing tone of voice is very relaxing. He is quite easy on the eyes too.

3. Michael Breus (The Sleep Doctor)

Dr Michael Breus is known as The Sleep Doctor and he sure knows what he is talking about when it comes to sleep. Not only is he a clinical psychologist, but he is also a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

On his blog and podcast, Sleep Success (yes, he also has a podcast), he provides insightful knowledge on sleep-related topics, such as insomnia, dreams and even cannabis use.

He has also interviewed many successful people about their sleep habits like Paris Hilton, Jim Kwik, Carson Daly and Montel Williams.

The Sleep Doctor makes learning about sleep entertaining. He is also now a featured sleep expert for the platform, Mindvalley, and has created a course for them called: The Mastery Of Sleep.

4. Kim West (The Sleep Lady)

If you are looking for gentle sleep and parenting solutions, Kim West has the answers. The Sleep Lady can teach you how to get your baby, toddler or child to develop healthy sleep habits, not just while they are under your care, but for life.

Parents have limited time to teach their children most of the important lessons in life before they leave the nest, and good sleep habits are definitely something you want your child to develop as early as possible.

This is not an area where you want to wing it. Rather look to influencers like Kim West who have done the research for you and can give you the practical advice you need.

5. Matthew Walker (The Sleep Diplomat)

Matthew Walker is arguably one of the most recognised people in the field of sleep. He is a scientist, author, sleep researcher and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.

His book, Why We Sleep, has been a global success and has opened many eyes to the importance of quality sleep and why optimising your sleep should be a priority.

He has been featured on top podcasts like The Joe Rogan Experience, London Real by Brian Rose and the Drive with Dr Peter Attia. After listening to a few podcasts and reading his book or listening to the audiobook, you will feel like a sleep expert yourself.

6. Drew Ackerman (Sleep With Me Podcast)

Drew Ackerman has been helping the world sleep better with his podcast, Sleep With Me. Don’t let the title lead your mind down a dirty path, this podcast’s aim is to help people fall asleep. It features bedtime stories for those who need a little help relaxing and preparing for bed.

There are hundreds of bedtime stories you can choose from to listen to before bed. And don’t worry about the stories being so intriguing that they keep you awake, because the stories become progressively boring as the show goes on. This should help you fall asleep much easier.

7. Lindsey Hennigar

If you are tired, exhausted, desperate and a parent, it might be time for a visit to The Sleep Ranch. Lindsey is a paediatric sleep coach who helps families get the sleep they need. Everyone knows that if the baby or toddler in the house isn’t sleeping, neither are the parents.

After struggling to get her own child to sleep through the night, Lindsey hired a consultant to teach her how to get her daughter into an age-appropriate sleep schedule. Once she learned how to help babies and toddlers get the quality sleep they need, she became a Certified Paediatric Sleep Consultant and has since helped many tired and desperate parents put their sleep problems to bed.

8. Dr Aubrey DeBear, Psy.D

Seeing as one of the most common causes of sleep deprivation is being a parent to a baby or toddler, it makes sense that another one of the top sleep influencers on our list specialises in sleep in infancy.

Dr Aubrey is known as the Baby Sleep Doctor. She has dedicated her career to helping parents learn how to help their babies get quality sleep, and we cannot thank her enough for her service.

As a parent, you want the best for your baby and luckily, you can get help from influential experts like Dr Aubrey.

9. Craig Canapari

Craig Canapari is a father, paediatrician and person who can help children and parents sleep better at night. To help parents navigate an all-important part of their children’s lives, he wrote a book called: It’s Never Too Late To Sleep Train.

He can teach you about sleep-related topics like how to help teenagers sleep better, sleep disorders, supplementing with melatonin and how light affects the quality of your sleep.

10. Doctor Steven Y. Park, MD

Doctor Steven Y. Park, MD is a surgeon and author that focuses on two of the most important things we need to not only stay alive but thrive: breathing properly and sleep. He wrote a book called: Sleep, Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired.

In the book, he outlines a simple explanation for what could be making you feel unwell. He also provides guidelines for treating specific health problems. If you’re not a big fan of reading, you can also listen to his podcast: Breathe Better, Live Better, Sleep Better.

We highly recommend that you check out these ten influential people in sleep if you are serious about improving the quality of your sleep, so you can feel your best every day and help your loved ones sleep better too.