Research volunteers required

If you think you have a sleep disorder please contact the institutions listed to express your interest in volunteering for a research study.

Sleep App Treatment for Insomnia

Do you have trouble falling asleep or maintaining sleep? Do you want more refreshing sleep?

We invite you to join a research study to test a new smartphone application that aims to help people with their sleep. This study will involve completing a short questionnaire asking about your sleep to determine eligibility. Depending on your answers, you may be invited to attend the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research for a medical screening and consent to the study. If eligible, you will receive the smartphone application and a wearable device (FitBit) to monitor your sleep over a 3 week study.  A final visit to see a sleep clinician and research staff is required to complete the study.

This research is being run by the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity. This is an initiative funded by the Australian Federal Government and industry partners with the aim of improving sleep health as well as improving workplace safety and productivity of all Australians. For more information, please visit www.alertnesscrc.com

The Sydney Local Health District Research Ethics Committee approval number is X17-0425.

Eligibility

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Are aged 18 years or older
  • Own a smartphone
  • Are diagnosed with Insomnia disorder

If you are interested in participating in this study, please go to the following website:

sleepresearch.com.au

Lower back pain Study seeking participants (SleepBack)

Do you have back pain? Many people with sleep symptoms unfortunately do, and having both seems to make things worse.

We at the University of Sydney are looking for participants in our study. We offer free online treatment for sleep, and we propose it can improve your back pain as well!

What we need: People with back pain, aged 18-65 years, and living anywhere in Australia.

What we offer: A six-week online study with free online sleep treatment.

If you can't participate, please at least like and share this page so that we can reach others all across Australia!

Participant testimonial post from the Twins Research Australia.

If you are interested, please contact:  

 

Sleeping Sound with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Does your child have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and have difficulties sleeping?

If you answered yes you may be eligible to participate in the Sleeping Sound study!

Brief Overview:
• Up to 85% of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can experience sleep problems.
• Sleeping Sound is a brief treatment program for sleep problems. Early findings in children with developmental challenges have suggested that this program can improve their sleeping difficulties.
• This study aims to see whether the program improves sleep problems, as well as wellbeing and daily functioning in primary school aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Who can take part?
We are seeking families with children:
• Aged between 5 and 12 years
• With sleeping difficulties
• With a confirmed diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder without Intellectual Disability
• Living in Victoria, Australia

Are you getting a good Night’s sleep?

Regular good sleep is important to look, feel and perform at your best, but around 50% of the population has trouble getting regular good sleep.

Project aim

This project is testing a new on-line sleep questionnaire to examine how well it identifies common sleep problems when compared with a sleep specialist doctor. By completing this questionnaire you will be asked to rate your experience with the survey focusing on the usability, flow and content. Your participation in this survey will help us gain a better understanding of how well the survey identifies sleep issues and underlying causes. If you participate, you may be randomly selected for a follow-up study involving a phone consultation with a sleep specialist. Completing our Sleep Survey is the first step to achieving a better night’s sleep. All participants who complete the survey enter a draw to win a $500 Westfield voucher.

Who can participate?

Any adult over the age of 18 who resides in Australia can participate.

Visit this link to participate: http://www.solvemysleep.com/

Approved HREC number: 002.17

Environmental Noise Study

Simultaneous sleep and acoustic measurements in the natural home setting

This study will be the first direct investigation of real-world wind farms compared to traffic noise effects on gold-standard polysomnography assessments of sleep. The aim is to assess self-reported (subjective) and direct objective measures of sleep quality in people's natural home and noise environment to investigate relationships between noise, sleep disturbances and other factors.

Participation in the in-home study will involve two consecutive night recordings. Research personnel including one trained sleep technician and one sound technician, will visit the participant’s home to set up acoustic recording and sleep monitoring using already established equipment and methods. They will also perform a standard audiology test to assess hearing.
After each night, participants will be asked to rate overall sleep quality and noise relative to usual sleep.
Participants will also be asked to collect five saliva samples. These will be collected immediately upon awakening, over the next 60-minutes and 12-hours after waking. A small sample of hair will also be collected to measure markers of long-term stress. Participants will receive $70 per night reimbursement for their time.

Parent-Child Sleep Study

Do you and your child have difficulty sleeping?
Parents often end up losing hours of sleep because of their child’s sleep problems. If you are a parent experiencing something similar, then this Parent-Child Sleep Study is for you!
Researchers at RMIT University are recruiting parents for a study that investigates how a child’s sleep impacts their parents’ sleep. The research involves an online survey that can be completed from home.

Individual feedback available! Personalized results can help address you and your child’s sleep problems!

Brief Overview
Sleep disturbances experienced by children can have an impact on their parents. Parents can experience reduced sleep quality, more awakenings and mood issues because of their child’s sleep problems. This study aims to investigate such parent-child sleep relationships. The objective is to highlight a child’s sleep problems can cause insomnia-like symptoms in parents. Another aim is to examine if these sleep problems can put parents at-risk of developing insomnia.

Investigation into later bedtimes for individuals with sleep concerns

Our study aims to investigate the impact delaying bedtimes has on people with sleep concerns. We are interested in understanding whether alternate bedtime schedules have associated changes in thoughts about sleep, changes in daytime functioning and additionally whether there are flow-on effects on any co-sleeping bed partners. Ethics has been approved conditionally for this study.

Location of study

Flinders Insomnia Clinic
Room: SSN 253
Flinders University, Bedford Park

Who can participate?

Upper Airway Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea 

Research to assess clinical outcomes, safety and incremental cost effectiveness of multi-level airway surgery in patients with moderate-severe Obstructive Sleep Apnoea who have failed medical management.

Researchers
Prof Stuart Mackay, Dr Andrew Jones, Dr Terry Sands, SueEllen Holmes

Invitation to participate

You are invited to participate in a research study of a surgical treatment designed to help patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). This study will test if the surgery is an effective treatment for OSA when current standard treatment, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), is ineffective or has failed. The choice to be involved with this project is entirely your decision and your participation will not affect your medical care in any way.

Allergic Rhinitis and Residual Sleep Disordered Breathing in Children undergoing Adenotonsillectomy

Researchers: Prof Stuart MacKay, Dr Andrew Jones, Dr Terry Sands and SueEllen Holmes.

Purpose of the Research

This is an invitation to participate in an Illawarra ENT Head and Neck Clinic study aimed at understanding why some children have residual sleep disordered breathing and related symptoms after A&T, and investigating a possible link to allergic rhinitis. As the term ‘sleep disordered breathing’ suggests, some of these symptoms could include: snoring, gasping, and poor or restless sleep due to difficulty breathing. Disrupted sleep in children has been linked to neurocognitive, behavioural and cardiovascular risk. Allergic rhinitis is a very common, treatable condition in children that involves sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, stuffy head and other symptoms which diminish quality of life.

Nasopharyngoscopic Evaluation of MAS in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Researchers: Prof Stuart MacKay, Dr Andrew Jones, Dr Terry Sands, Dr Sebastian Sekulic, SueEllen Holmes

You are invited to participate in Illawarra ENT Head and Neck Clinic research aimed at documenting how your Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) changes the dimensions of your upper airway, as shown on fibreoptic nasopharyngoscopic examination.

Purpose of the Research:

Fibreoptic nasopharyngoscopy is a routine part of an ENT examination for individuals with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) that assesses the shape and collapsibility of the upper airway by inserting a slim video tube into the throat and recording its progress. This study will investigate whether measurements of the upper airway from fibreoptic nasopharyngoscopic images taken during the initial ENT examination can help to predict those who respond best to treatment with a MAS for their OSA. Furthermore, a Dentitrack chip in the MAS will monitor compliance, which has not been reliably confirmed in the past.

Research on causes of sleep apnea

In conjunction with The Prince of Wales Hospital and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) this study aims to investigate the different potential causes of sleep apnea. 

We will assess how the upper airway muscles work to keep the airway open when you are asleep and whether this is affected by the electrical activity in the muscles around the airway or sensation in the airway. We will also screen a biological sample for genes and biochemical factors associated with upper airway muscle function. Finally, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques will be utilised to investigate the size and shape of your airway muscles and how they move during breathing. This study will provide us with personalised information for each participant about the causes of their sleep apnea. By doing this we aim to improve medical knowledge and create more personalised treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Treatment for insomnia with sleep apnea

Volunteers are needed for a clinical trial led at the Repatriation General Hospital's Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health and at Queensland University of Technology and The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane in investigating treatment options for people with both insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

The COMISA Trial is a research study of a non-drug (behavioural) treatment designed to help people with these common overlapping sleep disorders and will test if insomnia therapy will make Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) easier to use and improve sleep quality.

Who can participate?
Participants should be aged 18-75, have symptoms of OSA (e.g. snoring, day time tiredness) and insomnia.

Research about surgery for sleep apnea

  • Are you aged between 18 and 70 and suffer from moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)?
  • Have you tried and failed to tolerate Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and are looking for an alternative therapy?

If you answered YES to the above, then you may be suitable to take part in a research study for a new surgical treatment for OSA being conducted by the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health. 

The treatment involves shrinking the tongue and reshaping the soft palate. This current randomised controlled trial follows a pilot study published in 2013, which saw the technique trialled on 48 patients at Flinders Medical Centre and the Illawarra ENT Head and Neck Clinic in NSW and cured 70 per cent of patients.

Does your teenager have a sleep problem?

  • have trouble falling asleep?
  • not fall asleep until late at night?
  • have trouble waking up or getting out of bed in the morning?
  • miss school or feel fatigued throughout the school day?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your teenager could benefit from treatment at the Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic, within the School of Psychology, at Flinders University.

We are currently seeking teenagers and young adults, 13-25 years of age, to help evaluate a new brief treatment program.

For more information please call 8201 7587 or email . Alternatively, find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/cascsleep.

Researching Effective Sleep Treatments (REST)

Insomnia is very common and is associated with significant personal and economic impairment. This study aims to improve behavioural treatments for insomnia.

We are seeking adults who experience insomnia and their partners to take part in this study. Participants and their partners will complete a series of questionnaires and interviews, have their sleep-wake patterns monitored by a wrist-worn device, and have one overnight sleep study at our facility in Notting Hill, Victoria.

Participants will undertake 7 weekly x 1 hour insomnia treatment sessions led by trained psychologists at the Monash Healthy Sleep Clinic in Notting Hill at no cost. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. 

Evaluating child sleep health treatments

Does your child have a sleep problem?

  • refuse to go to bed at night
  • have trouble falling asleep
  • wake up and cannot get back to sleep
  • have trouble waking up or getting out of bed in the morning
  • often sleep in their parents' bed or bedroom or need a parent present to help them fall asleep
  • miss school or feel fatigued throughout the school day