Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Behavioral Sleep Medicine Lab


Background information

Our lab utilizes behavioral sleep medicine techniques to conduct research involving the assessment and non-pharmacological treatment of sleep disorders as well as adherence to said treatment.  Research has previously, and continues to include: mindfulness based treatment for insomnia, assessment and treatment of sleep disturbance in chronic headache, and treatment of comorbid obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and insomnia.  

Current Project: The MATRICS Study

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Treatment for Insomnia and Co-morbid Sleep Apnea. This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of different combinations and sequences of evidence-based treatment strategies for people with both Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Insomnia. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of three treatment conditions using a medical device known as CPAP, or using this device in combination with a behavioral treatment to improve sleep.  We interested in examining different combinations and sequences of these treatment approaches in order to improve patient care for individuals with co-morbid obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia.

Previous Projects: The SANDMAN Study

Sleep Assessment across Night and Day among Migraine And Non-migraine individuals. This study explored the neurobiological correlates of sleep regulation in chronic migraine patients.  Ultimately sleep behaviors (napping, time in bed, etc…) and sleep physiology (via polysomnography and dim light melatonin onset) of 20 individuals with chronic migraine and 20 matched healthy controls were examined to determine if individuals with chronic migraine have instability in sleep behaviors, unique microarchitecture, or circadian misalignment.  The aim of the study was to determine more precise ways to improve sleep for those individuals who suffer from chronic migraine.