The field of neurology and sleep medicine are closely related, as sleep disorders have direct effects on the brain and vice versa, reports Mankato Free Press.

The field has come far in its understanding of the mechanism of sleep and sleep disorders, Alkurdy said. Public outreach and education on the importance of healthy sleep and the negative effects of sleep disorders on health has helped draw attention to sleep medicine in recent years. On a recent Thursday morning alone four patients were waking from a night of sleep observation at J. Scott Sanders Center for Sleep Medicine in Mankato.