The UAB Sleep/Wake Disorders Center, conveniently located at UAB Hospital Highlands, provides advanced testing, diagnosis, and treatment of sleep disorders in a relaxed, casual setting specially designed for your comfort and well-being. Our 10-bed facility features tranquil, comfortable rooms with a homelike atmosphere, each with a queen-sized Tempur-Pedic mattress.


UAB was an early leader in sleep medicine, receiving its first accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 1986. The UAB Sleep/Wake Disorders Center’s board-certified physicians aim to remain leaders in sleep medicine, stay active in clinical trials and research in topics such as the relationship of sleep disorders to obesity, examine new therapies for restless legs syndrome, and determine how obstructive sleep apnea affects some forms of high blood pressure.

About Our Practice

Your evaluation begins with a clinic visit at the Center, where your sleep problems are evaluated by our professional staff. At the end of your clinic visit, if it is determined that you need sleep testing, you’ll be scheduled for testing at a later date that is convenient for you. Both daytime and overnight sleep studies are individualized to your needs. Our diagnostic process is easy and noninvasive. Our state-of-the-art facility located at UAB Hospital Highlands offers the convenience of easy access and free parking. A significant advantage of coming to UAB is that you will not have to wait for several weeks to get test results after an overnight sleep study—you receive the results of your sleep study, a diagnosis, a treatment plan, and any prescriptions the morning after your study. Generally, patients are ready to leave by 9 a.m. following an overnight sleep study.UAB has no financial ties to durable medical equipment (DME) companies who sell or service sleep products or CPAP/BiPAP devices. You are free to choose your own provider.

Contacting the Program for Sleep/Wake Disorders

For more information, contact Patricia Patterson, MD via phone at (205) 930-7114 or via email at pepatterson@uabmc.edu. You can also contact the Sleep/Wake Disorders Center by phone at (205) 930-7114