I grew up in Huntingdon Valley, PA. Both of my parents worked as college guidance counselors in Philadelphia high schools. I have one (younger) brother, Jason, who is a healthcare economist at Yale. I attended Lower Moreland High School, where even someone of my modest ability could play several sports (cross country and tennis). In college, I majored in molecular biology and worked as an intramural ping-pong referee, where I learned to wield authority with mercy and justice. During my time at Penn Med, I developed an interest in sleep. Few activities so fundamental to life as sleep remain mysterious to us. Why do we sleep? As I explored sleep, I rotated with several sleep doctors at Penn. Their work was not only interesting but remarkably effective. Sleep patients got better! I approached residency with an intent to practice sleep medicine and, since sleep is a brain function, chose neurology as my pathway to sleep. Most sleep doctors today come from a pulmonary background. Therefore, they focus on sleep and breathing issues like sleep apnea. While proper breathing is necessary for good sleep, as I learned during my sleep fellowship, it is not sufficient. I see treatment of sleep apnea as only one of many tools to improve sleep.