The Biological Rhythms Research Laboratory

The Teen Sleep Health Study

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE TEEN SLEEP HEALTH STUDY:

We are studying teen sleep and health patterns. The results of this study could be used to develop ways to improve the sleep and health of teenagers. Below is a description of the study. When we refer to "you" we are speaking about the teenager who is applying for this study. Parents can substitute "your child" in place of "you."

This study is 31 days long. If you successfully complete the study, you will receive $1,000. There will be two other teenagers participating in the study at the same time as you.

This is what will happen in the study:

Throughout the entire study, you will wear an activity monitor on your wrist, similar to a watch. You will also have to wear a necklace with a light sensor attached. In addition, you will be required to keep daily records of your sleep times and other events (e.g., after school until bedtime), you will be required to keep track of what you spend your time doing (e.g., homework, sports, hanging out with friends, and so forth).

Start (Day 0): The study will always start on a Thursday evening (Day 0). You and your parent will need to come to the lab for about 2 hours to collect the equipment, complete a few short questionnaires, and go through the procedures and rules of the study with one of our staff. A parent needs to be at this meeting because you are younger than 18 years old.

Home Sleep (Days 1-14): For the first 2 weeks of the study you will sleep at home. You will be able to sleep when you want to sleep at home. Caffeine is not allowed during 3 days of these 2 weeks. You will be required to visit the lab 2 days per week to allow us to download your wrist activity data, light sensor data, and your daily recordings into our computer. These visits take about 1 hour.

Lab Weekend 1 (Days 15-17): On Friday afternoon after school (Day 15), you will come to the lab for the first lab weekend. You will be in the lab until the session ends on Sunday afternoon. On Friday evening you will complete a few performance tasks and then you will sleep in the lab in your own private bedroom. The following morning you will complete a few more performance tasks. Saturday evening you will complete what we call a Lazy Boy session. In the Lazy Boy session we will ask you to stay awake in dim light, reclined in a Lazy Boy Chair for about 8-9 hours. You will stay awake later than you normally do on school nights and probably go to bed closer to the time you do on weekends.

During this time, we will collect saliva samples from you every half hour. You can watch TV or movies that have been approved by your parent or legal guardian, play quiet games, or talk to other subjects. Saliva is collected by rolling a cylinder of cotton around in your mouth and placing it in a tube. Food will also be provided. After the Lazy Boy session is over, you will sleep in our laboratory in your own private bedroom. You will go home Sunday afternoon after we wake you up.

Home Sleep 2 (Days 18-21): After Lab Weekend 1, you will sleep at home for another week. You may or may not be asked to follow as sleep schedule during this week. You will visit the lab 2 more times this week to allow us to download your data to our computer. These visits take about 1 hour. Caffeine is only allowed 1 day this week.

Lab Weekend 2 (Days 22-24): You may or may not be asked to come into the lab for another weekend session. During this session you will be exposed to bright light in the morning. You will sleep in the lab in your own private bedroom. On both Friday and Saturday night. You will go home Sunday afternoon.

Home Sleep 3 (Days 25-28): You will sleep at home for another week. You may or may not be asked to follow a sleep schedule during this week. You will visit the lab 2 more times this week to allow us to download your data to our computer. These visits take about 1 hour. Caffeine is only allowed 1 day during this week.

Lab Weekend 3 (Days 29-31): On Friday afternoon after school (Day 29), you will come to the lab for the last lab weekend. You will be in the lab until the session ends on Sunday afternoon. On Friday evening you will complete a few performance tasks and then you will sleep in the lab in your own private bedroom. The following morning you will complete a few more performance tasks. Saturday evening you will complete another Lazy Boy session. After the Lazy Boy session is over, you will sleep in our laboratory in your own private bedroom. You will go home Sunday afternoon after we wake you up.


We have an extensive application process. If, after reading the information, you decide that you want to participate in the study and your parent(s) said it was OK, then please complete all of the questions in the questionnaire and return it to us via email. The first part is for your parent(s) to complete and the second part is for you to complete. Then, we will let you know if you are eligible for the next step in the process of applying for the study. If you are not eligible for the study, we will not be able to tell you why. If, after reading the information about the study, you or your parent(s) are no longer interested in applying, please email us and let us know so we can remove you from our contact lists.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Once we receive your completed questionnaire, we will review it and may call you and your parent(s) to collect some additional information. After this follow-up phone call, we may then ask you and one of your parents to come in for an in-person meeting, during which we will explain the study in more detail and show you and your parent(s) the lab and equipment. To determine whether you are eligible for the study, we will also measure your height and weight, give you a vision test, have you and your parent(s) fill in some questionnaires, and have you provide a urine sample for a drug screen test.

If you or you parent drives to the lab for this appointment, we will be able to provide you with free parking in the garage attached to our building. Only after that appointment will we be able to tell you if you are eligible to participate in the study. If you are not eligible for the study, we will not be able to tell you why. If you are still interested, please complete and return the following questionnaire (linked below).

Please email sleep_study_8@rush.edu if you have any questions. If you would rather not complete these forms online, we can ask you these questions over the phone. To do so, please call us at 312-563-4781. If you return the filled out questionnaire, you should hear from us within the next few days.

Thank you for your interest in the Teen Sleep Health Study!

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