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
16400larkave-losgatos
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

Daytime, Attended Sleep Study

It can be very helpful to monitor a person during the day because it allows us to gain more insight about their daytime sleepiness. A daytime study is almost always preceded by an overnight sleep study. The daytime study uses many of the same sensors on the scalp and face we use for a nighttime study but does not usually include the sensors used to monitor breathing.

There are two different tests we conduct during the day:

Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT)

This test is the most common way to objectively quantify sleepiness and is a key test in diagnosing narcolepsy. The MSLT is comprised of 4-5 trials or "naps" spaced throughout the day. During the test, you're asked to relax and try to fall asleep.

There are two key pieces of information we gather from this study –the mean sleep latency, which is the average time it took you to fall asleep for all your naps, and the number of REM periods. Whether or not REM sleep was identified is evaluated since it's atypical for a normal sleeper to have REM sleep during such a brief sleep period. Documenting REM in two or more of the trials can be a positive indication of narcolepsy when used in combination with a clinical history.

Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT)

The MWT is also a series of trials throughout the day, but instead of measuring your ability to fall asleep, it measures your ability to stay awake for a defined period of time under sleep-inducing circumstances. The test is based on the idea that, in some cases, your ability to stay awake may be more important than your ability to fall asleep. The MWT may be better suited for extremely tired individuals because it's not confined by the floor effect that limits the MSLT.

This test is commonly used to document the effective treatment of a sleep disorder for the Department of Motor Vehicles or for an employer.

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.

PREPARE FOR 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
Email: IMS@stanfordmed.org

Call us to make an appointment

650-723-6601

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For Health Care Professionals

PHYSICIAN HELPLINE

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.

HOW TO REFER

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 650-320-9443650-320-9443.

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

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