Meet the Nerds

Shopping for a new mattress is one of the best investments you can make in your overall health. The Mattress Nerd has grown into a resource that millions of people trust and turn to for answers about choosing the best mattress for their individual needs. The Mattress Nerd team is led by a group of sleep geeks who are passionate about high-quality sleep.

So no matter where you are in the mattress buying process, we have you covered:

Our Team

Loren Bullock, Senior Associate of Content, Certified Sleep Science Coach

Loren is the Senior Associate of Content at Mattress Nerd. She has prioritized sleeping for as long as she can remember, rarely deviating from seven to nine hours each night. As a content associate on Mattress Nerd and a Certified Sleep Science Coach, Loren aims to help people achieve optimal sleep health and pick the best sleep accessories for their needs. You can find her testing mattresses, exploring the best sleep hacks, and telling you about her findings on Mattress Nerd’s YouTube channel. Outside of the sleep health world, you can find Loren with her nose stuck in a book, doing yoga or watching copious amounts of reality TV.

Adrianne Cleven, Associate Editor

Adrianne is the Associate Editor at Mattress Nerd. She is passionate about writing and editing, as well as about sleep health and its connections to overall health and wellness. As a reformed night owl who now tries to get over eight hours of sleep each night, Adrianne loves advising people on the ideal mattress by using their sleep physiology. She also enjoys learning and writing about sustainable manufacturing processes in the mattress industry. When she’s not writing for Mattress Nerd or appearing in videos for our YouTube channel, you can find Adrianne out running on a trail, listening to true crime podcasts or making a mean matcha latte.

Chloe Ekberg, Sleep Health Content Specialist, Certified Sleep Science Coach

Chloe is a member of the content team at Mattress Nerd. You can find her researching and writing about the different ways sleep affects our overall health and wellbeing. She focused on topics such as sleep’s effect on muscle recovery, how sleep and women’s hormones are interconnected, and the role sleep plays in substance abuse recovery. Chloe’s goal is to help spread awareness of the importance of sleep health and find tangible ways to make sleep hygiene accessible to everyone.

Ally Hadfield, Certified Sleep Science Coach

Ally is a member of the content team at Mattress Nerd. She covers everything you need to know about why we sleep, how sleep impacts your health, and tips for getting more shut-eye. She especially enjoys researching topics surrounding nutrition, mental health, and lifestyle. Ally hopes that her content will help people get their best night’s sleep so that they can live healthier and happier daily lives.

Charlotte Spence, Certified Sleep Science Coach

Charlotte is a member of the content team at Mattress Nerd. She focuses on researching how different lifestyle choices affect our sleep and vise versa. She is interested in topics like natural sleep aids, chronic pain, and mental health. Charlotte aims to encourage others to prioritize their sleep health to promote their overall wellbeing and happiness.

Daniel Grogan, Editor

Daniel is an editor at Mattress Nerd. He has always struggled to get a full eight hours (or even four hours, if we’re being honest), and has explored countless options in search of a solution to this problem. After many restless nights, he found what he was looking for in the perfect combination of white noise, weighted blankets, and tea. Daniel’s work involves editing Mattress Nerd content in order to give readers the best possible experience in their quest for a good night’s sleep. When he isn’t working on the site or making his fifth cup of Sleepytime, Daniel likes to cook and watch horror movies, but not at the same time.

The Original Mattress Nerd

It's Me!

Jack Mitcham is our original sleep geek and the founder of The Mattress Nerd. In 2014, he set out to make the mattress buying experience simple, stress-free, and maybe even a little fun.

Jack’s goal was to make consumers feel more confident and comfortable when deciding which mattress to buy. After seven years as a retail mattress salesman, Jack had experienced firsthand just how uncomfortable and stressful buying a mattress can be. He saw how mattress salespeople would often take advantage of customers by steering them to mattresses solely based on the commission amount.

So Jack created Mattress Nerd as a platform to share his knowledge and help countless (and sleepless) people find the mattress that best fit their needs. Jack couldn’t be in every mattress store, helping every customer. Mattress Nerd is the next best thing. Today, the whole team at Mattress Nerd follows in Jack’s footsteps by working to produce the best sleep-related content on the internet.

Our Contributors

Helga George, Ph.D.

Dr. George obtained three degrees in the plant sciences culminating with a Ph.D. from Cornell University before transitioning to writing full time. Despite her obsession with plants, most of biology interests her. Helga is drawn to sleep science out of a combination of intellectual curiosity and her own sleep problems ranging from sleep apnea to delayed sleep phase (i.e., being a hardcore night owl). She enjoys explaining science to laymen in terms that they can understand, and she relishes the opportunity to look behind the veil of sleep and relay the benefits provided by quality sleep.

Hannah Clarke

Hannah is a certified ACE Health Coach and NASM Personal Trainer and uses an integrative approach to health and wellness to improve the quality of lives of those around her. With a love of weightlifting, running with her pup, and snowboarding, Hannah uses her Master’s Degree in Fitness and Wellness to guide those around her on their journey towards a healthier lifestyle. From commercial fitness centers to corporate environments to one-on-one interactions, Hannah’s 10 plus years of experience in the fitness realm helps to encourage and challenge the people that she meets – not only to achieve their goals but to become the best version of themselves!

Noelle Chandler

Noelle is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor from St. Louis, MO. She provides therapy to adolescents and adults in individual and group settings. Prior to joining The Center for Mindfulness & CBT, Noelle worked as a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line; as an intern at the Counseling and Social Advocacy Center at UMSL; and as an intern at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute’s Intensive Outpatient Program for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders. There, she completed specialized training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which is a powerful, evidence-based treatment for anxiety, depression, and more. She also specializes in mental health treatment for individuals with chronic pain conditions.

Katie Terrell Hanna

Katie is a mental health advocate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While she has a professional interest in sleep science as a critical component to mental health, she also has a personal interest in the subject due to her own struggle with sleep-related issues such as insomnia and chronic pain. Katie strongly believes that we are holistic beings significantly impacted by our lifestyle, including our quality of sleep. Therefore, she is passionate about writing informative content that educates consumers on products that can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

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