Personalised relaxation to improve sleep for patients with depression
Researchers at the School of Psychiatry are conducting a study to assess the effect of four weeks of daily practice of an assigned relaxation method (pre-tested to optimise your physiological response) on improving sleep quality and wellbeing in individuals with depression.
Is your sleep unrefreshing?
We are looking for participants with a current diagnosis of depression and who are also experiencing sleep difficulties (e.g. unrefreshing sleep). By participating in this study you may help researchers to better understand the factors contributing to poor sleep quality and everyday functioning in individuals with depression. This research may also lead to more effective treatment strategies.
Who is eligible?
You are eligible to take part in this study if you
- are between 18 and 65 years of age
- have a current diagnosis of depression
- have no other significant illness, such as heart conditions, uncontrolled diabetes, chronic infections, or primary sleep disorders
- have normal or corrected to normal hearing
- are not pregnant
- are not taking any regular medications that affect autonomic activity (e.g. beta-blockers/anti-hypertensives). Use of anti-depressants or oral contraceptive pill is not exclusionary.
- are not currently engaged in mindfulness-based therapy
- willing and able to attend our UNSW laboratory on two occasions, approximately 4 weeks apart
What does the study involve?
If you choose to participate you will be invited to our laboratory at UNSW to complete some questionnaires about yourself, have your heart rate and breathing monitored whilst listening to three distinct relaxation methods, and wear a lightweight portable heart-rate monitor overnight in your own home. For 4 weeks we ask that you practice your assigned relaxation method at home every night and keep a brief log of your sleep quality, activity and symptoms during this period. We will ask you to return to our laboratory after 4 weeks for re-assessment and complete a series of online questionnaires one month after this second lab visit.
Participants will be reimbursed $40 ($20 for each assessment) for their time and travel expenses.