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Sleep Disorders Center

Sleep problems are common in childhood, but that doesn't mean parents should wait for their kids to outgrow them. When a child doesn't get enough sleep, there can be serious consequences on behavior, mood, ability to learn and even cardiovascular health. The UCSF Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center specializes in evaluating and treating all kinds of sleep-related issues in infants, children and adolescents. Our team is led by one of the few pediatric respiratory medicine specialists in the nation who is also board-certified in sleep medicine, and the team includes doctors dedicated exclusively to diagnosing and managing sleep disorders in our youngest patients.

The somnographers who perform our sleep studies are experienced in working with children, and our state-of-the-art sleep lab is one of the few in the Bay Area to conduct overnight studies tailored specifically to kids. Once we determine the cause of your child's sleep problem, we provide comprehensive care by working closely with the appropriate UCSF pediatric specialists. We have experts in pediatric pulmonology, neurology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, psychiatry, developmental pediatrics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Recognizing that children have different sleep needs, we aim to help each child achieve the best possible night's sleep.

Why choose us

Comprehensive care for children with sleep problems

  • Our doctors are nationally and internationally known leaders in the field.
  • Our center is fully equipped for diagnostic studies, positive airway pressure titration studies (for sleep apnea), and evaluations of oxygen and carbon dioxide blood levels during sleep.
  • Sleep studies are performed by experienced registered pediatric polysomnographers in facilities designed to help children feel safe and comfortable.
  • Results are carefully reviewed by an experienced technologist and interpreted by a board-certified sleep medicine physician with special training to treat sleep disorders in children.

Our locations (3)

    Awards & recognition

    • One of the nation's best in pulmonology & lung surgery

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

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    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    Your Stay

    We offer valuable information to help you plan for your child's upcoming hospital stay. Find out about food services, family accommodations and more.

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    Your Child's Care Team

    Our doctors, nurses, child life specialists and other providers have special training to care for children. Meet your child's care team.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

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    Pulmonology Clinic

    Pulmonology Clinic

    San Francisco / Oakland / Greenbrae / San Mateo / Walnut Creek / Los Gat...


    Sleep Lab

    Sleep Lab

    Oakland / San Francisco

    Support services

    Child Life Services

    Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

    Child Life

    Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

    Family Amenities

    Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.


    Social Services

    Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.


    Activity Rooms

    Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.


    Art Therapy

    Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.


    Music Therapy Program

    Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.


    School Program

    Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.


    School Re-Entry Program

    We help kids return to school after hospitalization by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.


    Individual Playtime & Instruction

    If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.


    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

    Family Resource Center

    We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.


    Parent Support Program

    Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.


    Patient Relations

    Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.


    Spiritual Care

    Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.


    International Services

    If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

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