The Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Why is Sleep Research Important?

Sleep-related problems affect millions of people in all walks of life. They have a major impact on society, yet we still donít have a good understanding of exactly why we sleep or what causes sleep disorders. We do, however, know that sleep is vital to our well-being, and is closely linked with serious health and mood problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, and depression.

Sleep research is revealing how genetic and biological markers are associated with sleep disorders. Work at Stanford has been instrumental in identifying genes that correlate with apnea and RLS as well as how levels of the hormone hypocretin are linked with narcolepsy.

We use the latest research to help properly diagnose and treat each patient. Stanford pursues research side by side with patient care and many of the physicians who see patients every day also conduct our research studies. Stanfordís goal is to establish gold-standard protocols for patient evaluation, treatment and outcome research, and to share those protocols with other researchers across the nation.

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