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Meet River Medical Director and Sleep Physician Dr. Joshua Roland

Anyone who has had a bad night of sleep understands the impact sleep has on other aspects of your health, from brain fog and forgetfulness the next day to feeling susceptible to colds and other health issues. The connection between sleep and holistic health was what drew Dr. Joshua Roland, MD, FAASM, River Medical Director and double board-certified doctor in family medicine and sleep medicine.

Here’s more on his background, in his own words.

What's your educational background?

I initially studied psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, where I developed an interest in sleep and its role in mental health and well-being. Afterwards I worked in clinical research conducting studies on sleep pharmacotherapies before attending medical school. I completed my residency at Drexel University College of Medicine and then did a sleep medicine fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to joining Thirty Madison, I practiced sleep medicine at UCLA, and worked on guidelines for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, as well as served on the California Sleep Society board of directors.

What inspired you to go into sleep medicine?

I have always been fascinated by sleep. It is a basic human need requiring an intricate balance of biological, psychological, and environmental conditions to be optimal. Without good sleep it is nearly impossible to be physically and mentally healthy. Clinically, I love the opportunity to improve both quality of life as well as overall health by treating sleep disorders.

What's your favorite thing about treating sleep conditions?

Treating sleep disorders can have multiple positive benefits that people are not always aware of. With proper sleep, you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, improve you mental health, cognitive abilities, metabolic profile, land even reduce your risk of certain cancers.

What's the most common question you hear from patients — and how do you typically respond?

A common question is: how can I tell if I have an issue with my sleep? If you snore, have trouble falling or staying asleep, wake up unrefreshed, or are often tired during the day, it could be a sign of having a sleep disorder. Also, if you have unexplained high blood pressure or heart issues, a sleep condition such as sleep apnea may be the underlying cause.

What advice would you give to someone who's experiencing symptoms from one of these conditions?

Sleep is such a vital aspect of our well-being. If you are having issues with your sleep, you owe it to yourself to seek help. Everyone deserves a good night’s rest!

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