Sleep medicine is an area of historical importance in the department. The late Peter J. Hauri, Ph.D., founded the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), co-authored the internationally renowned self-care book "No More Sleepless Nights" and was widely considered to be the world's authority on insomnia.
Current Mayo Clinic researchers are involved in a number of organizations related to sleep medicine, serving in leadership roles and working to advance the field.
- Lois E. Krahn, M.D., is interested in narcolepsy, sleep disorders in women, and the interplay of psychiatric disorders and sleep. She previously received funding from the Narcolepsy Network and served as co-editor for the textbook "Sleep Medicine in Clinical Practice."
- Siongchi (Siong-Chi) Lin, M.D., is investigating genetic research involving patients with restless legs syndrome.
- R. (R Robert) Robert Auger, M.D., is interested in circadian-based interventions for the treatment of sleep disorders. He has received industry funding for a study investigating light therapy for seasonal affective disorder. He has served and chaired various AASM task forces, is a member of the AASM Research Committee.