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?”


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

Poor sleep linked to less exercise in people with arthritis

New research finds a strong relationship between a lack of physical activity and poor sleep quality in people with arthritis. Rafael Pelayo, who was not involved with the research, is quoted here.

Using medicine and science to improve the quality of life

This piece highlights medical and scientific discoveries that are being used to help people and save lives. The work of Sergiu Pasca, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who uses lab-grown brain organoids for research on psychiatric and neurological issues, is referenced here. 

Using a CPAP machine can improve sex lives for some, study says

New research suggests that regular use of a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine could improve the sex lies of people with obstructive sleep apnea, especially in women. Rafael Pelayo, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who was not involved with the research, provides comment here.

AASM members give drowsy driving presentation at annual Lifesavers Conference

Three of AASM’s Occupational Sleep Wellness Presidential Committee’s members attended the annual Lifesavers Conference on highway safety priorities in April 2018 to disseminate education in drowsy driving.  Shannon Sullivan, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is featured.