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

Programs and Services

The Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine is the birth place of sleep medicine, is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and has a robust and comprehensive research program. In addition to extensive experience diagnosing sleep disordered breathing, our clinic offers the following specialty clinics.  An initial consultation may be required before scheduling an appointment with a specialty clinic.

Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program

The Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic helps people who suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders. Non-pharmacological treatments are available for: adults with insomnia, adults with difficulty acclimating to CPAP therapy for sleep apnea, infants, children, and adolescents with difficulty falling or staying asleep, adults and children with recurrent nightmares. The program is staffed by Dr. Rachel Manber and Dr. Allison Siebern both clinical psychologists who specialize in behavioral sleep medicine. 

Narcolepsy Clinic

The Narcolepsy Clinic at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic occurs one day a month. World's narcolepsy expert, Dr. Emmanuel Mignot sees patients with diagnosed narcolepsy, presumed narcolepsy or other disorders of excessive sleepiness. Narcolepsy can be difficult to treat and is both under diagnosed as well as over diagnosed. Our patients travel from all over the world to seek his expert care. The Director of the Stanford Sleep Disorders Division and Director of the Stanford Center for Narcolepsy for over 17 years, Dr. Mignot and his research group are responsible for most of the major discoveries understanding the cause of narcolepsy.

Parasomnia Clinic

The Parasomnia Clinic at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic evaluates a wide variety of complex behaviors which arise during the sleep period. The most common are "Disorders of Arousal" (confusional arousals, sleepwalking, and sleep terrors), the "Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Disorder (characterized by "acting out of dreams"), and "Nocturnal Seizures". This clinic is staffed by Dr. Mark Mahowald who has a longstanding interest in these behaviors.

Restless Legs Syndrome Clinic

The Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Clinic sees patients once a month on Mondays. Typically seen in this specialty clinic are the more severe RLS cases for patients who have failed traditional therapy and come to this clinic as their last chance for relief from unrelenting RLS symptoms. Many of these patients have seen several specialists prior to making an appointment at our clinic. The vast majority of these patients find relief after a few visits to our RLS clinic and we welcome referrals for these RLS sufferers who have been deemed "treatment failures" and who have given up hope that they will ever find a treatment for their RLS. The clinic is staffed by Dr. Mark Buchfuhrer.

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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