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
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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

Sleep Disorder Treatments

The key to successfully treating a sleep disorder is an accurate diagnosis. There are over 100 different sleep disorders, and each of those has a different treatment approach. For some disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea , there are several choices available, so it is important that you discuss the options with your physician and develop a treatment plan.

If you would like to pursue a treatment for a previously diagnosed sleep disorder, schedule an appointment with the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center. Visit the Planning Your Visit section for more details.

See below for more information about treatment options.

Treatments for sleep related breathing disorders

Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Therapies

A treatment for sleep apnea which uses a machine to help keep the patient's airways open while sleeping.  Types of PAP machines include CPAP, BiLevel, AVAP, and Servo Ventilators. 

Sleep surgery

A range of surgical options to treat obstructive sleep apnea disorders by increasing the size of the airway to reduce the likelihood that it will collapse during sleep.

Behavioral measures for sleep disorders

Non-surgical treatments for sleep and breathing related disorders.

Oral appliances

A device worn in the mouth during sleep to keep the soft tissue in the airway from collapsing as a treatment for sleep apnea and other airway-obstruction sleep disorders.

Positional therapy

Therapy to enable patients with sleep apnea or other obstruction disorders to train them to sleep on their sides, effectively resolving or reducing sleep disordered breathing.

Treatments for insomnia

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI)

Therapy to guide patients through a series of changes in sleep-related behaviors wit h a focus on addressing key factors that contribute to the persistence of insomnia.

Medications for insomnia

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved certain medications for the treatment of insomnia called hypnotic medications or sleep medications.

Treatment for shiftwork/circadian rhythm disorders

Bright light therapy

A light therapy used to manage circadian rhythm disorders such as delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS), by gradually enabling a shift to normal societal sleeping patterns.

Treatment for restless legs syndrome

Treating restless legs syndrome (RLS)

Sleep specialists normally treat RLS with a combination of pharmacological treatments and behavioral advices.

Treatments for narcolepsy/hypersomnia

Treating narcolepsy

Sleep specialists normally treat narcolepsy with a combination of behavioral changes (primarily scheduling nocturnal sleep and naps) and medications

Treating Kleine-Levin syndrome

There is no specific, definitive treatment to cure or control KLS, also known as recurrent hypersomnia. Some aspects of the disease can be managed.

Treating idioptathic hypersomnia

Treatment is based on the symptoms displayed and on a careful analysis of their most probable cause(s).

Treatments for pediatric sleep disorders

Treating pediatric sleep disorders

Behavioral modification, medications or supplements, or other specific interventions may be recommended to treat pediatric sleep disorders.

Many of the treatments described above are also prescribed for pediatric patients.

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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