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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Ruth Benca is a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Active in several professional societies, she is a past president of the Sleep Research Society and the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. She is a frequent invited speaker in the area of sleep disorders, she is the author or coauthor of more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and abstracts, and she has reviewed manuscripts for Sleep, Science, the Journal of Neuroscience, and Biological Psychiatry. Dr. Benca is certified by the American Board of Sleep Disorders Medicine and sees patients in the UW Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center as well as the Depression Treatment Program.


Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Sleep Medicine

UW Health Clinics

Wisconsin Sleep Clinic
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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Psychiatry

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Psychiatry
Sleep Medicine
Fellowship University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL, Chicago, IL, Chicago, IL
Residency University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL, Chicago, IL, Chicago, IL
Internship University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL, Chicago, IL, Chicago, IL
Medical School University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1981


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Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

  • Multiple Sleep Latency Test
  • Polysomnography
  • Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluations

Dr. Benca’s research has focused on several aspects of sleep behavior, including the acute effects of light- dark cycles on sleep and wakefulness and the relationship between sleep abnormalities and psychiatric disorders, in particular the effects of sleep on mood regulatory systems.

PubMed Articles
Plante DT Goldstein MR Cook JD Smith R Riedner BA Rumble ME Jelenchick L Roth A Tononi G Benca RM Peterson MJ . Effects of partial sleep deprivation on slow waves during non-rapid eye movement sleep: A high density EEG investigation. Clin Neurophysiol. 2016 Feb;127(2):1436-44
[PubMed ID: 26596212]
Bernardi G Cecchetti L Siclari F Buchmann A Yu X Handjaras G Bellesi M Ricciardi E Kecskemeti SR Riedner BA Alexander AL Benca RM Ghilardi MF Pietrini P Cirelli C Tononi G . Sleep reverts changes in human gray and white matter caused by wake-dependent training. Neuroimage. 2016 Jan 23;
[PubMed ID: 26812659]
Herring WJ Connor KM Ivgy-May N Snyder E Liu K Snavely DB Krystal AD Walsh JK Benca RM Rosenberg R Sangal RB Budd K Hutzelmann J Leibensperger H Froman S Lines C Roth T Michelson D . Suvorexant in Patients With Insomnia: Results From Two 3-Month Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials. Biol Psychiatry. 2016 Jan 15;79(2):136-48
[PubMed ID: 25526970]
Rumble ME White KH Benca RM . Sleep Disturbances in Mood Disorders. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2015 Dec;38(4):743-59
[PubMed ID: 26600106]
Jones SG Benca RM . Circadian Disruption in Psychiatric Disorders. Sleep Med Clin. 2015 Dec;10(4):481-93
[PubMed ID: 26568124]
Mirer AG Peppard PE Palta M Benca RM Rasmuson A Young T . Menopausal hormone therapy and sleep-disordered breathing: evidence for a healthy user bias. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Oct;25(10):779-84.e1
[PubMed ID: 26358364]
Sprecher KE Bendlin BB Racine AM Okonkwo OC Christian BT Koscik RL Sager MA Asthana S Johnson SC Benca RM . Amyloid burden is associated with self-reported sleep in nondemented late middle-aged adults. Neurobiol Aging. 2015 Sep;36(9):2568-76
[PubMed ID: 26059712]
Levenson JC Benca RM Rumble ME . Sleep Related Cognitions in Individuals with Symptoms of Insomnia and Depression. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015 Aug 15;11(8):847-54
[PubMed ID: 25766706]
Kim RD Kapur VK Redline-Bruch J Rueschman M Auckley DH Benca RM Foldvary-Schafer NR Iber C Zee PC Rosen CL Redline S Ramsey SD . An Economic Evaluation of Home Versus Laboratory-Based Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep. 2015 Jul 1;38(7):1027-37
[PubMed ID: 26118558]
McCall WV Benca RM Rosenquist PB Riley MA Hodges C Gubosh B McCloud L Newman JC Case D Rumble M Mayo M White KH Phillips M Krystal AD . A multi-site randomized clinical trial to reduce suicidal ideation in suicidal adult outpatients with Major Depressive Disorder: Development of a methodology to enhance safety. Clin Trials. 2015 Jun;12(3):189-98
[PubMed ID: 25733676]
Rumble ME Rose SL White KH Moore AH Gehrman P Benca RM Costanzo ES . Circadian actigraphic rest-activity rhythms following surgery for endometrial cancer: A prospective, longitudinal study. Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Jun;137(3):448-55
[PubMed ID: 25906914]
Sprecher KE Ferrarelli F Benca RM . Sleep and plasticity in schizophrenia. Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2015;25:433-58
[PubMed ID: 25608723]
Billings ME Rosen CL Auckley D Benca R Foldvary-Schaefer N Iber C Zee PC Redline S Kapur VK . Psychometric performance and responsiveness of the functional outcomes of sleep questionnaire and sleep apnea quality of life instrument in a randomized trial: the HomePAP study. Sleep. 2014 Dec 1;37(12):2017-24
[PubMed ID: 25325491]
Siclari F Bernardi G Riedner BA LaRocque JJ Benca RM Tononi G . Two distinct synchronization processes in the transition to sleep: a high-density electroencephalographic study. Sleep. 2014 Oct 1;37(10):1621-37
[PubMed ID: 25197810]
Michelson D Snyder E Paradis E Chengan-Liu M Snavely DB Hutzelmann J Walsh JK Krystal AD Benca RM Cohn M Lines C Roth T Herring WJ . Safety and efficacy of suvorexant during 1-year treatment of insomnia with subsequent abrupt treatment discontinuation: a phase 3 randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet Neurol. 2014 May;13(5):461-71
[PubMed ID: 24680372]
Armstrong JM Ruttle PL Klein MH Essex MJ Benca RM . Associations of child insomnia, sleep movement, and their persistence with mental health symptoms in childhood and adolescence. Sleep. 2014 May 1;37(5):901-9
[PubMed ID: 24790268]
Jones SG Riedner BA Smith RF Ferrarelli F Tononi G Davidson RJ Benca RM . Regional reductions in sleep electroencephalography power in obstructive sleep apnea: a high-density EEG study. Sleep. 2014 Feb 1;37(2):399-407
[PubMed ID: 24497668]
Baldo BA Hanlon EC Obermeyer W Bremer Q Paletz E Benca RM . Upregulation of gene expression in reward-modulatory striatal opioid systems by sleep loss. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2013 Dec;38(13):2578-87
[PubMed ID: 23864029]
Ferrarelli F Smith R Dentico D Riedner BA Zennig C Benca RM Lutz A Davidson RJ Tononi G . Experienced mindfulness meditators exhibit higher parietal-occipital EEG gamma activity during NREM sleep. PLoS One. 2013;8(8):e73417
[PubMed ID: 24015304]
Plante DT Landsness EC Peterson MJ Goldstein MR Riedner BA Wanger T Guokas JJ Tononi G Benca RM . Sex-related differences in sleep slow wave activity in major depressive disorder: a high-density EEG investigation. BMC Psychiatry. 2012 Sep 18;12:146
[PubMed ID: 22989072]