Sleep Laboratory

The Pediatric Sleep Laboratory conducts overnight sleep studies of children with sleep disorders. During the study the patient's sleep cycles and stages are measured and recorded. Patients are referred to our lab from the Sleep Disorders Clinic.

Some of the most common conditions we help evaluate and treat include obstructive and central sleep apnea. Sleep apnea in children is usually caused by very enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Other causes include craniofacial anomalies and conditions causing neuromuscular weakness. Sleep studies are also invaluable for diagnosing periodic limb movement disorder and narcolepsy, and can be helpful in the analysis of insomnia and parasomnias, such as sleep walking and night terrors.

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Our sleep studies are conducted with state of the art equipment and interpreted by one of the few pediatric pulmonologists in the country who is also board-certified in sleep medicine. Pediatric neurologists are also available to help interpret EEG readings from the studies to uncover possible nocturnal seizures, while pediatric gastroenterologists can interpret pH probes done in concert with the study to detect gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD.

One parent will stay with your child for the overnight study. A certified sleep technologist will be present throughout the test to document events, adjust equipment as necessary and help reassure your child.

Sleep studies run throughout the week, with weekend availability.


All patients must be evaluated by a pulmonologist in the UCSF Sleep Disorders Clinic before being referred for a sleep study.

After a child has been evaluated by a pulmonologist, the sleep study coordinator will contact you directly to schedule the study.

  • Hear an interview with Dr. Kristina Rosbe, director of Pediatric Otolaryngology, who talks about sleep disorders in children caused by enlarged tonsils and adenoids.

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You'll need a referral from your child's pediatrician or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Sleep Laboratory
505 Parnassus Ave., Suite M719
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1957
Fax: (415) 353-9353

What to Bring

  • Your child's pajamas
  • Any medical equipment your child normally uses during sleep

What to Expect

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Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus
  • For more information about Muni visit,

    * Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Clinic Team

Gwynne Church
Dr. Gwynne Church,
pediatric pulmonologist and sleep disorders specialist
Kristina Rosbe
Dr. Kristina Rosbe,
pediatric head and neck surgeon