Nathaniel Fletcher Watson M.D.

Nathaniel Fletcher Watson M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Epilepsy, Neurology, Sleep Disorders, Sleep Medicine


Neurology, Neurosciences, UW Medicine Sleep Center




Primary Location

Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview

908 Jefferson St., 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 


Dr. Watson is a board certified neurologist and sleep specialist. He joined the UW faculty in 2002 and is an active researcher, teacher and practitioner of sleep medicine. His research interests focus aspects of sleep duration and the effects of sleep curtailment on human health. He is a UW professor of neurology, director of the Harborview Medical Center Sleep Clinic, and co-director of the UW Medicine Sleep Center. Nationally, Dr. Watson is current president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a member of the board of directors of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation and American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Patient Care Philosophy

To help patients achieve their full potential in life by providing a caring, cooperative environment to manage their sleep disorders.

Personal Interests

Fishing, boating, backpacking, snowboarding, playing guitar, aquariums, and spending time with his family.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Watson is adept at diagnosing and treating clinical sleep disorders of all types, including sleep-disordered breathing, insomnia, narcolepsy and other hypersomnias, restless legs syndrome/periodic limb movement disorder and circadian rhythm disorders. He uses polysomnography, multiple sleep latency testing, maintenance-of-wakefulness testing and actigraphy in the diagnosis and management of these disorders.

Research Interests

Dr. Watson is currently researching the genetic aspects of habitual sleep duration, sleepiness and circadian rhythms in conjunction with the UW Twin Registry. As part of this work, he is also investigating the impact of habitual sleep curtailment on the transcriptome. He is interested in the interplay between neurological disorders and sleep and has investigated sleep disorders and sleep quality in patients with traumatic brain injury and Arnold-Chiari-1 malformations. More recently, he is investigating the relationship between sleep disorders and cancer risk and outcomes.


Univ. of WashingtonMaster2009
Univ. of North Carolina SOMMedical education1996
UW - Dept. of NeurologyFellowship
UW - Dept. of NeurologyResidencyNeurology
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineInternshipInternal Medicine

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry & NeurologySleep Medicine2007
American Board of Psychiatry & NeurologyNeurology2002
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