Duke Neurology’s weekly “Spotlight” columns interviews Ann Augustine, MD, about why she enjoys being a sleep specialist and how veterans sleep needs compare to those of the general population.

After residency, I did a fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis but it did not feel like the right fit.  Although I did not know much about sleep medicine, there was an opening in the fellowship, and I took the opportunity.  It was a good decision because I really enjoy being a sleep medicine doctor. I like that it is a relatively “new” field and we are still trying to understand things about sleep.  I like that it is multidisciplinary and that you can see a wide variety of patients –young/old/male/ female—because everyone sleeps.