Welcome to the Division of Sleep Medicine

Outstanding patient care, innovative sleep medicine research, educational excellence, and commitment to our community

Our division encompasses the best that the fields of sleep, sleep medicine, and translational sleep science have to offer.  Our clinical faculty and staff have the privilege of diagnosing and managing patients with a diverse range of sleep disorders using a personalized and patient-centered approach.  Additionally, our researchers are exploring new frontiers of sleep and circadian science, exploring investigative areas of basic science to complex sleep disorders.  Starting with the world’s first sleep clinic and laboratory here at Stanford in 1972, we have emerged as the foremost international center for the study of sleep and the management of sleep disorders.  We hope that you will join us in our journey to develop new sleep disorder diagnostic tools and treatments, to continue to drive our specialty forward, and to answer fundamental questions about sleep, including the question that comprises the holy grail of our field… “why do we sleep?”

History

The Division of Sleep Medicine at Stanford University has garnered global recognition for sleep-related advancements in patient care, research, and education, and is a recognized leader in the management of sleep disorders. The Division has a storied history that had its origin in 1972 as the world’s first sleep clinic and laboratory; since then, Stanford Sleep Medicine is recognized as one of the world’s largest and best-known sleep centers. The Stanford Sleep Medicine Center is housed in our state-of-the-art facility, which contains advanced equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of the 90 different sleep disorders, and includes 14 clinic bedrooms and 4 research bedrooms for overnight in-laboratory sleep studies.

We provide outstanding, personalized care using the most advanced and effective techniques in managing sleep disorders from infancy through old age, such as cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia and the latest devices and surgical treatments for obstructive sleep apnea. We also offer specialized clinics for narcolepsy and hypersomnias; neuromuscular disease; obesity-hypoventilation; sleep apnea bariatrics, dentistry, and surgery; restless legs syndrome and other movement disorders; sleep and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; sleep and memory issues; sleep and autonomic dysfunction; and insomnia.

Our goals are to continue building a structure of personalized care and integrated medical approaches, with the overall intent to improve the lives of patients with sleep disorders. We will continue to deliver optimal care for our patients, develop new sleep-related technology, encourage clinical and research collaboration in other areas of medicine, share and disseminate our knowledge to our patients and other stakeholders, and train future leaders of our field.

Clete Kushida, MD, PhD
Chief of the Division and Medical Director of Sleep Medicine

In the Media

Linking narcolepsy to the flu? Researchers make progress identifying molecular mimicry

In very rare cases, a flu infection or flu vaccine can trigger an immune reaction leading to narcolepsy. Stanford researchers led by Emmanuel Mignot, the Craig Reynolds Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, have figured out why. Mignot is quoted in this article.

A third of Americans are sleep-deprived. This technology could help them rest easier

Artificial intelligence could help improve sleep studies, some researchers believe. Emmanuel Mignot, the Craig Reynolds Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, provides comment in this story.

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia

This piece discusses the use of cognitive behavioral therapy — a type of therapy that aims to modify harmful behaviors, emotions and thoughts — to treat insomnia. Rafael Pelayo, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences with the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, is quoted.

Many not sleeping enough – or well enough – and that's a killer

This piece discusses the dangers of sleep deprivation. Seiji Nishino, emeritus professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.