Neuro/Psych Sleep Clinic
The UCSF Neuro/Psych Sleep Clinic specializes in sleep disorders. We provide evaluations and care for patients with conditions that include insomnia, periodic leg movements, circadian rhythm disorders, parasomnias (such as sleepwalking and REM sleep behavior disorder), narcolepsy, excessive daytime sleepiness and sleep apnea. Our team includes neurologists, psychiatrists and psychologists.
While all patients with sleep concerns are welcome, our clinic particularly focuses on those who have neurological or psychiatric disorders.
For our insomnia patients, we offer a one-on-one treatment called CBT-I (cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia), which can help to address the underlying causes of sleeplessness. Benefits may include improving sleep quality, decreasing the time it takes to fall asleep, minimizing sleep disruptions and reducing dependency on sleep medications.
The CBT-I treatment course is typically 6 to 8 sessions. This method doesn’t involve medication and isn’t designed to replace regular psychotherapeutic care, though it may lessen anxiety and depression. Patients who are already on medication for insomnia or who have additional sleep issues can undergo CBT-I along with other prescribed treatments.
When needed, the Neuro/Psych Sleep Clinic arranges sleep studies at the UCSF sleep testing laboratory, located at 1600 Divisadero Street on the Mount Zion campus.
Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation for Major Depression
Effect size of active compared to sham stimulation (mean difference in Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) score before and after the sham and treatment periods). Higher MADRS score indicates more severe depression; ...
Better Sleep Study
Validated biological and behavioral assessment; range between 0 and 11 hours, with shorter numbers indicating worse alignment between circadian biology and behavior
Biomarkers of Depression and Treatment Response
Effect size of active stimulation (mean difference in Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) score) before and after morning and afternoon treatment course. Higher MADRS score indicates more severe depression; the overa...
Tissue-specific Insulin Resistance in Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Role of Hypoxia
The percent of newly synthesized fatty acids (DNL, %) will be measured using a stable isotope (deuterated water) and mass spectrometry.
The Reducing Risk Study
Validated questionnaire; total score range between 0 and 21, with higher numbers representing worse sleep quality
Lemborexant Shift Work Treatment Study
Within-person changes in daytime total sleep time in minutes from baseline to 2 weeks. Daytime total sleep time is reported in minutes from a Consensus Sleep Diary, completed by participants daily.
Sleep and Social Experiences Study 2
Both systolic and diastolic blood pressure is measured via blood pressure arm cuff, taken after a 5-minute resting period and after each social interaction task
Social Experiences and Sleep Study
Sleep onset latency is the time (in minutes) from "lights out" to sleep onset on the nights following the social rejection task and the control task laboratory to onset of sleep, as measured via polysomnography
Awards & recognition
Among the top hospitals in the nation
Best in California and No. 2 in the nation for neurology & neurosurgery
Best in Northern California and No. 6 in the nation for psychiatric care
Plan your visit
What to Bring
- Insurance card
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Previous sleep studies
- PAP equipment (machine, mask), if used
- Any additional medical records you think are relevant
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
Our research initiatives
UCSF Department of Psychiatry Research
The UCSF Department of Psychiatry brings together experts from several disciplines to investigate many aspects of mental illness and health. They are dedicated to improving the prevention and treatment of mental disorders.
UCSF Department of Neurology Research
The UCSF Department of Neurology conducts research to improve understanding of neurological disorders, with the goals of finding better treatments and methods of prevention.