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If you have insomnia, you may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up early in the morning. This leaves you feeling unrefreshed in the morning and tired, irritated and drained of energy the next day.

Learn more about insomnia from Allina Health Sleep Centers.

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Restless leg syndrome (RLS)

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes you to have unpleasant feelings in your legs. You may feel sensations such as creeping, itching, crawling or pulling.

Learn more about restless limbs from Allina Health Sleep Centers.

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Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which you stop breathing while asleep. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when air cannot flow into or out of your nose or mouth. This is the most common type of sleep apnea.

Learn more about sleep apnea from Allina Health Sleep Centers.

Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic

Behavioral Sleep Medicine Services

For more about the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic,
call 612-863-3200.

The clinic is in the Piper Building
on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital campus.

Sleep psychologist

Michael Schmitz, PsyD, LP, CBSM, specializes in behavioral sleep medicine. If you make an appointment with us, he will evaluate and treat your sleep problems.

A program of:

Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Behavioral Sleep Medicine Services is devoted to the treatment of insomnia and related sleep disorders using best of practice behavioral and non-pharmacological interventions.

Our goals are to:

  • evaluate and treat insomnia and related sleep disorders
  • utilize well-established cognitive behavioral interventions in treatment
  • consult with physicians and health care providers
  • increase public awareness and education about insomnia and related sleep disorders
  • conduct clinical research related to the application of behavioral intervention to sleep disorders.

Patients who visit our clinic receive an assessment to evaluate factors that may be contributing to their insomnia or related sleep disorder. Some of these factors include but are not limited to:

Following the initial assessment, an individualized treatment plan is created. In some cases additional assessment measures may be needed.

Behavioral treatment of insomnia

The National Institute of Health, in its June 2005 State-of-the-Science Conference Statement, indicates behavioral treatment of primary insomnia has been shown to be equally as effective as prescription medications. It may also have positive benefits in contrast to medication lasting well beyond the active treatment period.

To read the full statement, go to

Seize the day. Start the night before. Wake up to the benefits of a better night's sleep.

Allina Health Sleep Centers

We are part of Allina Health Sleep Centers, a network of comprehensive services for people who have difficulty staying awake during the day, falling asleep at night and/or staying asleep. To learn more, visit

Sleep quiz

Do I have a sleep problem? The answers to a few simple questions may show whether you might need a sleep study.