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Behavioral Sleep Medicine Services


Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program

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

What is Behavioral Sleep Medicine? Behavioral Sleep Medicine, often referred to as sleep psychology, is the field of clinical practice that involves the evaluation of behavioral, psychological and physiological factors affecting normal sleep. Behavioral Sleep Medicine specialists apply evidence-based behavioral and non-pharmacologic approaches to the prevention and treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders. We help you develop tools and skills to get a better night’s sleep.

Allina Health's team of Behavioral Sleep Medicine specialists are conveniently located at six Allina Health clinics and at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Sleep Center. All of our specialists are licensed doctoral- level psychologists who are board certified or eligible in Behavioral Sleep Medicine through the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Consider consulting with a Behavioral Sleep Medicine specialist if:

  • You or your child has difficulty falling or staying asleep.
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
    for Insomnia (CBT-I)

    The National Institute of Health, in its June 2005 State-of-the-Science Conference Statement, indicated behavioral treatment of primary insomnia has been shown to be equally as effective as prescription medications and has better long-term benefits.

    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is much more than changing a few sleep hygiene habits. CBT-I involves working with a health care provider trained in the behavioral treatment of insomnia, usually over the course of four to six visits, to change habits, behavior and thinking that influence biological factors affecting your sleep.

  • You would like to be able to sleep well without prescription or over-the-counter sleeping pills.
  • You have trouble establishing or maintaining good sleep habits.
  • Shift work or travel is affecting your sleep quality.
  • You or your teen can’t fall asleep at night and has trouble waking up in the morning.
  • You are troubled by nightmares.
  • You have sleep apnea and are anxious about using a CPAP mask.
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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.

Source: Behavioral Sleep Medicine Services
Reviewed by: Dr. Michael Schmitz, PsyD, LP, CBSM, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Sleep Center
First Published: 04/07/2014
Last Reviewed: 04/07/2014

Providers and locations

Our board-certified behavioral sleep medicine specialists are:

Michael Schmitz, PsyD, LP, CBSM, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Sleep Center

Richard Blackburn, Ph.D., LP, CBSM, Cambridge Medical Center Clinic

Daniel Kessler, PsyD, LP, CBSM, Allina Health Shakopee Clinic

Colleen Daniewicz, PsyD, LP, CBSM, Allina Health Woodbury Clinic

Patricia Evans, PhD, LP, CBSM, Allina Health Bloomington Clinic

Our board-eligible behavioral sleep medicine practitioners are:

Philip Klees, PhD, Allina Health Plymouth Clinic

William Hoekstra, PsyD, Allina Health Faribault Clinic

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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.