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.

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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

Types Of Sleep Research Being Conducted At Stanford

Research can be broken down into two general categories: basic and patient-oriented. These areas are very closely linked as basic research paves the way for patient oriented research. In turn, the data obtained from patient research is instrumental in the work being conducted by the basic research scientists.

Basic sleep research

Basic research is conducted to increase our understanding about specific behaviors or phenomena. The goal of the research is not necessarily to solve or treat problems. Because the study of sleep is a fairly new science, there is tremendous opportunity for scientific breakthroughs in this area. Research conducted at Stanford has historically played a critical role in advancing the field of sleep medicine, such as Dr. Emmanuel Mignot’s discovery in 1999 that Narcolepsy is caused by a lack of the neurochemical hypocretin.

Patient-oriented research

There are two categories of patient-oriented research being conducted at Stanford – studies that involve medications or medical devices and those that do not.

Studies involving medications or medical devices

"Clinical trial" is an umbrella term for any research study with people involving medications or medical devices. These trials can have a variety of designs and are conducted to determine whether a drug or device is safe and effective. Stanford has been a pioneer in clinical trials into sleep disorders. For example, from 2003 to 2009, Dr. Clete Kushida conducted the largest ever clinical trial in sleep measuring the long-term effects of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy on neurocognitive functioning.

Studies that do not involve medications or medical devices

Not all research studies involve medications or interventions. Many studies simply gather data that our researchers use to further our understanding of the functions of sleep at the most basic molecular level as well as the mechanisms associated with sleep-wake regulation and sleep disorders. For example, at Stanford we collect blood samples from individuals with a specific sleep disorder in an effort to identify genetic similarities.

Clinical Trials

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 or schedule a sleep study. 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.


  • 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 or bring a completed form to your appointment.
  • For pediatric patients, bring a completed Pediatric Questionnaire to your appointment, if applicable.

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 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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