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Sleep Medicine

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If you have sleep apnea, insomnia or other sleep challenges that affect your quality of life, turn to the experts at our Sleep Center for diagnosis and treatment of sleep-related conditions.

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Our Team

At UC San Diego Health, sleep disorders are managed by a multidisciplinary team of experts led by Bernie Sunwoo, MD. This includes specialists in sleep medicine, behavioral health services, and head and neck surgery (ENT).

Our sleep medicine team includes doctors who are board-certified in their specialty as well as nurse practitioners. They use leading-edge technology to collect precise information about a person's sleep movements, behaviors, and breathing patterns. These details help us identify even minor sleep abnormalities.

We currently see patients in person at our La Jolla and Hillcrest locations. In many cases, we can also consult with you via telemedicine.

What We Treat

We provide a full spectrum of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services for people with sleep-related disorders including:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Periodic leg movement during sleep syndrome
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Narcolepsy
  • Parasomnias, such as sleep-walking
  • Sleep disorders associated with medical or psychiatric conditions
  • Sleep-related neurological disorders
  • Circadian rhythm sleep disorders
  • REM behavior disorder

Services We Provide

  • Sleep studies – overnight at our clinic or at home with remote monitoring
  • Evaluation for Inspire upper airway stimulation therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)
    CBT-I is the main therapy for insomnia disorders and is preferred over medications as a first step. It aims to target certain cognitive and behavioral factors that can disrupt your sleep. Therapy sessions are offered by sleep psychologists at our center.
  • Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
    The multiple sleep latency test is a full-day sleep study that measures excessive daytime sleepiness. This is one of the most important tools we use to diagnose narcolepsy. The MSLT involves several naps (usually every 2 hours) over the course of one day.
  • Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)
    The maintenance of wakefulness test is used to assess your ability to stay awake during the day.

Sleep Apnea and Weight Loss

Patients with sleep apnea can often improve their condition by losing weight. We provide referral and pre-operative evaluation for bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

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Research and Clinical Trials

Our team has helped develop many innovative sleep disorder therapies that are used worldwide. With their articles published in hundreds of leading medical journals, their ongoing research on sleep-related disorders is helping shape the global understanding of sleep health. 

If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, talk to your physician for more information or visit clinicaltrials.ucsd.edu.

Appointments & Referrals

Sleep Medicine Locations

La Jolla
Consultations, Home Sleep Testing
& Overnight Sleep Center
Hillcrest
Consultations Only
Consultation via telemedicine is also an option

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