The StarTribune profiles Dr Michael Howell, who specializes in parasomnias.

His interest in sleep science came in a sudden awakening.

“I was out exploring other lands of neurologies before I walked into a sleep lab,” he said. He instantly became hooked. “I started learning about sleep disorders and I thought, ‘This is so cool!’?”

Howell was drawn into parasomnia while under the wing of Dr. Carlos Schenck, a pioneer in sleep medicine, who calls this science “the world of the strange and beautiful.”

“He really was a shining light,” Schenck said, remembering the young Howell as enthusiastic and full of ideas.