Sleep Center

Center for Innovation in Sleep Self-Management

The new Center for Innovation in Sleep Self-Management (CISSM) develops, tests and implements self-management interventions to help adults and children with chronic illnesses sleep better and improve their health.Sleep Lab

The center leverages self-monitoring technologies, such as smart home sensors that track noise, light and temperature; mobile applications that measure dietary, exercise and caffeine intake; and wrist monitors that measure sleep-wake activity and light levels. These tools allow patients to monitor their sleep behavior, set goals and receive feedback on adopting healthy behaviors.

Researchers also incorporate common data elements (CDEs) including pain intensity, fatigue, sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression, and positive affect and well-being, and technology to create a large repository that can be shared with other National Institute of Nursing Research-funded center grants, benefiting scientists and patients nationwide.

The center is funded with a $2.4 million, five-year grant from the NINR, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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UW nurse scientists are pioneers in the sleep field. Dr. Elizabeth Giblin established the first sleep laboratory in a nursing school at UW in the late 1970s. The UW School of Nursing continues to be among only a few schools of nursing nationwide with a sleep research lab.

UW nurse scientists have collaborated with interdisciplinary colleagues to conduct sleep studies in a variety of chronic conditions including: