About Sleep Disorders
When a person sleeps, the body and brain get a chance to rest, heal, and grow. If people do not get enough sleep, it can lead to major issues such as memory problems, increased mood swings, difficulty concentrating, and even hallucinations. Regular sleep can decrease the risk of heart disease and obesity, and can help people recover from injuries much more quickly. The quality and quantity of sleep that people need can fluctuate, impacted by activity levels or alcohol and caffeine use. Some people have extreme difficulty falling or staying asleep, called insomnia; other conditions like sleep apnea and restless leg disorder can make sleep uneasy and troubled. Narcolepsy, another serious sleep disorder, can cause people to have irresistible urges to sleep.
Can’t sleep? COZI is a national research study to find out which insomnia treatment is best— behavioral therapy, medication, or both. If you are 18–80 years old and have regular internet access you may be eligible for COZI. We are particularly interested in adults who live in rural areas. Compensation provided.
SHUTi - CARE Study
Are you a family caregiver helping a loved one to take care of themselves? Are you having trouble sleeping? You may be able to participate in a study to help researchers understand how well an online insomnia intervention called SHUTi helps caregivers. This study involves completing online surveys and trying out the online SHUTi program. Compensation is provided.
Caregiver Stress and Sleep Study (CARES)
Are you at least 60 years of age and currently providing unpaid care to a loved one with a dementia diagnosis? You may be able to participate in a research study to better understand how stress, sleep, and activity might impact caregivers’ mood.
Alzheimer's Pathways Sleep Study (ALPS)
Are you 65-85 years old and have trouble sleeping at night? You may be eligible for a study that examines how sleep impacts cognition and brain pathology involved in Alzheimer’s disease. The study involves 2 daytime and 2 overnight visits, including 1 PET scan (brain scan involving radiation), MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), blood draws, and wearing an activity watch. Compensation provided.
Movement Disorders Research Registry
Do you have a movement disorder? If so, you may be able to participate in the Movement Disorders Registry. This registry is a list of individuals who are interested in being contacted about future research studies.
MyPaTH Story Booth 2.0
Interested in sharing your story about health, illness, or research? Patients and caregivers are needed to participate in a research study to help learn more about topics that are important to you and that may improve health and health care. Participation involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Stories
Participants are invited to share how they are maintaining their health during the coronavirus pandemic, or to share what it is like being ill with COVID-19 and/or caring for a loved one who is ill with COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
Have you been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and cannot tolerate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)? You may be able to participate in a research study to evaluate a new non-invasive study device called aerSleep II that helps your airway remain open during sleep. This study involves multiple remote and in-person visits over up to 28 weeks. Compensation is provided.
All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program
You may be able to change the future of medicine. The All of Us PA Research Program is enrolling adults 18 years of age or older. This may be your chance to improve how your children and your children’s children receive medical care.
Insomnia and Heart Health Study
Do you have trouble sleeping? Are you between the ages of 18-55? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help learn more about the relationship between sleep and heart health in adults with insomnia. Participation involves 3 study visits, including one overnight sleep and heart health assessment. Compensation is provided.
DIAMOND Brain Imaging Study – Adults Experiencing Emotional Distress
Are you experiencing emotional distress? Are you aged 18-30? You may be able to participate in a research study to help learn more about brain structure and function in young adults. Eligible participants are willing and able to undergo MRI scanning and are right-handed. Compensation is provided.