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The Railroaders' Guide to Healthy Sleep website was produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center (Volpe) in Cambridge, MA, and is sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). Originally launched on June 11, 2012, in collaboration with the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine, the site was updated by the Volpe Center in 2015, serving as a major educational initiative for the railroad industry about the importance of sleep health.

Project Team

Shala N. Blue, PhD
Office of Research, Development, and Technology, FRA

Project Lead
Heidi D. Howarth, PhD
Transportation Human Factors Division, Volpe

Contract Teams

Volpe Onsite Contractor

Harvard Medical School, Division of Sleep Medicine

Researchers, Physicians, and Sleep Professionals Interviewed

Stephen A. Amira, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Orfeu M. Buxton, PhD, formerly of Harvard Medical School
Daniel A. Cohen MD, MMSc, formerly of Harvard Medical School
Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, FRCP, Harvard Medical School
Dennis Dean, PhD, formerly of Harvard Medical School
Marie Dumont, PhD, Université de Montréal
Charmane Eastman, PhD, Rush University Medical Center
Lawrence J. Epstein, MD, Harvard Medical School 
Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School
Janet Mullington, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Andrew J. K. Phillips, PhD, formerly of Harvard Medical School
Stuart F. Quan, MD, Harvard Medical School
Ann E. Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN, Emory University School of Medicine
Robert Stickgold, PhD, Harvard Medical School 

Special Thanks 

The project team thanks Michael K. Coplen, the original FRA sponsor and a driving force on this project, for his dedication to the health and safety of railroaders. The team expresses appreciation for the following stakeholders’ contributions to and support of this project: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), BNSF Railway, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Transportation Division (SMART-TD), and Union Pacific Railroad. Special thanks also to Stephen M. Popkin, PhD (Volpe) and the project’s prior FRA sponsor, Rachel Grice, PhD. Finally, the team appreciates the contributions of Lynne Lamberg, medical writer and editor, to the content updates to the site in 2015, and the time and dedication of Juna Z. Snow, PhD, while serving as project Evaluator.

Medical Disclaimer

The U.S. DOT does not provide referrals to physicians or counsel people on the prevention, treatment, or diagnosis of specific medical problems. Advice on treatment or care of an individual patient should be obtained through consultation with a physician or other health professional that has examined the patient and is familiar with his or her medical history. It is not the intention of the U.S. DOT to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and potential for sleep disorders. Specific medical advice will not be provided, and U.S. DOT urges you to consult with a qualified physician for diagnosis and answers to your personal medical questions.