Prior Trauma (PTSD)
& Sleep Struggles

University of Pennsylvania Researchers are conducting a research study investigating new technologies to examine accuracy of measuring sleep and wakefulness.
Philadelphia, PA
Able to Stay 2 Nights at Sleep Lab
Experiencing Sleep Problems and PTSD
18 - 85 Years Old
Fast Facts on Study Participant Criteria
About this research study:
Help researchers examine the accuracy of wearable and home sensor devices assessing sleep/wake patterns.
Are you struggling with prior trauma (PTSD)? Are you having problems sleeping? Sleep disturbance is common in individuals with PTSD.

The typical assessment for sleep disturbances is an overnight, very cumbersome test that is not always reflective of how someone might sleep at home.

The goal of this research study is to compare the accuracy of wearable and home sensor devices in measuring your sleep and wakefulness.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
The purpose of the study is to compare wearable and home sensor devices to the costly, but Gold standard method used today to assess and measure sleep patterns in people with PTSD and insomnia.
Is this study for me?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

  • Are 18 - 85 years
  • Have a diagnosis of PTSD and Insomnia Disorder
  • Are able to sleep in the sleep lab for 2 nights
  • Don't have suicidal thoughts and have not attempted suicide in the past 6 months
  • Are not able to withhold from caffeine intake or smoking 4-6 hours prior to a sleep lab visit
  • Do not have a current diagnosis of moderate or severe substance abuse
What will happen if I participate in the study?
Individuals who meet all eligibility criteria will be scheduled for two overnight stays at the Penn Sleep Center. During the course of the night, you will be asked to complete questionnaires that will take about 5 minutes.

A trained technician will set up all of the device sensors that will be worn overnight.
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
Individuals will be compensated $30 for the screening visit, $20 for completing the daily sleep diary, and $100 for each overnight sleep study, for a total of up to $250.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for you to participate in this study.