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.

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:

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?

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

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