Sleep is important for normal brain function, and sleep disruption is comorbid with many neurological diseases. There is a growing mechanistic understanding of the neurological basis for sleep regulation that is beginning to lead to mechanistic mathematically described models. It is our objective to validate the predictive capacity of such models using data assimilation (DA) methods. If such methods are successful, and the models accurately describe enough of the mechanistic functions of the physical system, then they can be used as sophisticated observation systems to reveal both system changes and sources of dysfunction with neurological diseases and identify routes to intervene. Here we report on extensions to our initial efforts  at applying unscented Kalman Filter (UKF) to models of sleep regulation on three fronts: tools for multi-parameter fitting; a sophisticated observation model to apply the UKF for observations of behavioral state; and comparison with data recorded from brainstem cell groups thought to regulate sleep.