Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Unhealthy sleep and sleep deprivation are linked to heart disease, depression, obesity and lower life expectancy. Seventy million people suffer from chronic, severe sleep disorders in the United States alone. These include difficulties sleeping at night, problems with excessive daytime sleepiness, or other medical problems that may occur or be exacerbated during sleep.

For detailed information on how to prepare for your appointment, see Planning Your Visit under Care & Treatment section in the menu above.

Sleep Medicine Center
450 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650-723-6601 Getting Here
Maps & Directions
450 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650-723-6601 Getting Here

Our Doctors

Faculty at the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center includes specialists in obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, pediatric sleep, parasomnias, restless legs syndrome, and other sleep disorders.

Our clinical staff is comprised of psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, pulmonary specialists, and pediatricians. We also work closely with sleep apnea surgeons, dentists, and orthodontists, all of whom specialize in the treatment of sleep disorders.

Care and Treatment for Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

Sleep is an important element for a happy, healthy life, yet is often overlooked and undervalued in our busy society. Seventy million people suffer from chronic, severe sleep disorders in the United States alone. That means nearly one of every four Americans has a sleep problem. If you have any issues related to sleep whether due to non restorative sleep, sleeping too much, excessive daytime sleepiness (falling asleep at inappropriate times), difficulty falling or staying asleep, or abnormal behaviors associated with sleep, it could be a sign that you have a sleep disorder.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center to address a sleep problem that is interfering with your daily living, visit the Planning Your Visit section for more details.

See below for more information about each sleep disorder.

Snoring and sleep related breathing disorders


A very common condition caused by the obstruction of air into the lungs. The "extra" air gets redirected into the mouth, creating a vibration of the soft tissue of the palate.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

Occurs when a patient stops breathing during periods of sleep; usually as a result of blockage (obstruction) in the airway.

Central sleep apnea (CSA)

Pauses in breathing while asleep that are not caused by an obstruction but rather by a disorder of the central nervous system.

Upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS)

A condition in which the upper airway is reduced during sleep, resulting in disturbed sleep; can lead to snoring, daytime sleepiness, cognitive impairment, un-refreshing sleep, and frequent arousals from sleep.

Sleep related hypoventilation/hypoxemic syndromes

May be the result of a decreased response to low oxygen or high carbon dioxide during wakefulness and sleep and are characterized by frequent episodes of shallow breathing lasting longer than 10 seconds during sleep.



A common sleep disorder defined by persistent difficulties falling and/or staying asleep and/or non-restorative sleep.

Shift work and circadian rhythm disorders

Shift work sleep disorder

A circadian sleep disorder in which a person experiences a constant or recurrent pattern of sleep interruption due to shift work schedule, resulting in difficulties initiating and maintaining sleep and/or excessive sleepiness when awake.

Delayed sleep phase syndrome

A disorder in which the timing of sleep and the peak period of alertness are delayed several hours relative to societal clock.

Circadian rhythm disorders

A family of sleep disorders affecting the timing of sleep; people with circadian rhythm sleep disorders are unable to sleep and wake at the times required for normal work, school, and social needs.

Advanced sleep phase syndrome

A disorder in which the timing of sleep and the peak period of alertness are advanced several hours relative to societal clock. 

Restless legs syndrome & periodic limb movements during sleep

Restless legs syndrome (RLS)

A neurological disorder characterized by throbbing, pulling, creeping, or other unpleasant sensations in the legs, which is typically alleviated with movement.

Periodic limb movement syndrome (PLMS)

A sleep disorder characterized by rhythmic movements of the limbs during sleep. The movements typically involve the legs, but upper extremity movements may also occur.

Pediatric disorders

Pediatric sleep disorders

Sleep disorders in children include physiological problems such as obstructive sleep apnea abnormal, or disruptive behaviors during sleep such as sleepwalking or onset of conditions such as restless legs syndrome or excessive sleepiness.

Arousal disorders

A group of disorders due to an abnormal arousal mechanism; episodes may include confused arousal, sleepwalking and sleep terrors. 

Narcolepsy and other hypersomnias (excessive sleep)


A sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness, abnormal REM sleep, and frequent daytime sleep attacks.

Recurrent hypersomnia (Kleine Levin syndrome)

A rare sleep disorder characterized by persistent episodic hypersomnia and cognitive or mood changes.

Idiopathic hypersomnia

Persistent sleepiness lasting more than 3 months without abnormal issues with enter REM sleep.

Nighttime sleep behaviors

Nighttime sleep behaviors (parasomnias)

A range of disorders involving abnormal behaviors during sleep, such as sleep walking or talking, sleep terrors, REM issues, sleep paralysis or nightmares.

Sleep terrors

Also called "night terrors," episodes characterized by extreme terror and a temporary inability to attain full consciousness.

Sleep walking/talking

Sleepwalking, also known as Somnambulism, is a condition in which a sleeping person exhibits behaviors associated with being awake, appears to be awake but is actually still sleeping. Sleep talking is when an individual vocalizes in their sleep, anything from a few words to whole conversations.

Clinical Trials

The Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences & Medicine has a robust, multi-disciplinary research program with several areas of focus that range from seeking the genes associated with sleep disorders, to studying the neurological and chemical systems that regulate sleep and waking, to conducting clinical trials of promising new methods to treat sleep disorders.

We regularly have new clinical studies opening across a wide number of medical specialties. If you would like to be contacted if/when such studies become available, please complete this secure, on-line survey.

When a study involves human subjects the researchers must carefully evaluate what type of individuals should participate in the study and develop inclusion and exclusion criteria to ensure appropriate individuals are enrolled. These criteria are devised for safety purposes and to ensure that the researchers will be able to devise conclusions based on the data collected. Each study has a study coordinator who works with the principal investigator to evaluate whether a person meets eligibility criteria.

For Patients

Please call us to schedule a consultation appointment with a sleep physician. Return patients select option 1, new patients select option 2.

To be seen for a specific service (insomnia program, restless legs syndrome, parasomnia or narcolepsy clinic) please notify our staff when making your appointment.


  • Please see the Care & Treatment section for detailed information about Planning Your Visit.
  • To expedite scheduling, please verify that your referring doctor has submitted a referral to the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center.
  • For adult patients, login and complete the online Adult New Patient Questionnaire before your visit.  If you are unable to access the online form, you may print and complete a paper form to bring with you to your appointment.
  • For new pediatric patients, bring a completed Pediatric Questionnaire to the appointment.

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561

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For Health Care Professionals


Phone: 1-866-742-4811
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.


Our clinic diagnoses and manages both pediatric and adult patients with sleep problems. When you refer a patient to the Stanford Sleep Clinic, we want to assure you that we will provide the same level of care you provide your patient. We share your goal of diagnosing and treating your patient so that they can return to living a healthy life.

Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.

Track your patients' progress and communicate with Stanford providers securely online.

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