Sleep disturbances are common, serious, costly and treatable. Over 70 million people in the US have some type of sleep disturbance and many are unaware that they have a problem. Sleep disturbances are associated with particular sleep disorders, are often co-morbid with acute and chronic illness states or arise during developmental transitions, and are sometimes self-imposed due to lifestyle choices.

The University of Washington Center for Research on Management of Sleep Disturbances (UW-CRMSD) improves health, well being, and quality of life through the enhancement of sleep quality across the lifespan. The UW-CRMSD addresses the multi-factorial nature of sleep disturbances as well as gather preliminary data important to the development of personalized interventions to improve sleep quality.

Key components of the Center include: two cores, theĀ Administrative Core and the Biobehavioral Tool Core; fourĀ Center projects, a pilot projects program and a strong evaluative component.

The Administrative Core provides overall leadership for the Center and is composed of the Center Executive Committee (CEC) and is supported by Internal and External Scientific Advisory Committees which include leading sleep researchers. All Center and pilot projects make common use of the Biobehavioral Tool Core for electronic data collection, PROMIS measures, and biobehavioral markers (actigraphy) to ensure data quality and comparability. Data generated by Center and pilot projects are available for data sharing.

The four Center projects are based on the themes of the CRMSD: sleep disturbances, chronic illness, and self management with attention given to age and developmentally sensitive measures. An institutionally supported pilot projects program facilitates integration of Center investigators with the Institute for Translational Health Sciences (ITHS).

Overall Center Goals

  1. Develop and maintain an infrastructure that supports and sustains translational research to improve sleep quality across the lifespan
  2. Provide administrative, financial, technical, & scholarly support to Project & Pilot studies
  3. Enhance & maintain strong interdisciplinary partnerships among researchers to promote the translation of research findings into practice
  4. Refine existing and develop new protocols for 'state of the art' reliable, precise, and cost-effective methods needed to support new and ongoing methods for developmentally and age-appropriate self-report (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System [PROMIS] measures), behavioral (actigraphy), and physiologic sleep (PSG) measures
  5. Create a repository for pilot and future genetic marker studies
  6. Increase the diversity of investigators interested in pursuing research related to sleep disturbances