Sleep disturbance as a feature of dementia with Lewy bodies

Occurring Dates: 
01/08/2019 to 31/12/2019
Participant Duration: 
4 sessions (see 'Further Information' for approximate time requirements)
State of study: 
Victoria
Overview: 

Researchers at Austin Health (in collaboration with The University of Melbourne) are seeking healthy older adult (60+ years) volunteer research participants for a study that is investigating night-time sleep. This is part of a wider study which is researching sleep disturbances in patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB).

The study aims to compare the sleep patterns of DLB patients with those of healthy older adults. This research is being done to learn more about how sleep becomes disturbed in DLB and what changes occur in the underlying brain activity compared to healthy older adults. It will also compare the brain activity during sleep with that during resting and active wakefulness.

The study might be a good fit for you if:

  • You are in good physical and mental health (no known significant medical condition or mental illness)
  • 60 years or older
  • English speaking
  • Have a partner or other person who can answer questions about your sleep habits

Participation will involve the following:

  • Completing some short surveys/questionnaires (time required: 1.5hrs)
  • Completing a computer task to measure your attention (time required: 2hrs)
  • Measurement of your underlying brain activity during sleeping and waking (time: overnight on 2 separate nights)
  • Wearing a wrist watch-like device that measures general daily/nightly activity patterns (time required: 14 days)

All parts of the study will be carried out in participants’ homes, and there will be no requirement for any travel.

Further Information: 

If you would like further information or to participate, please contact Olivia Salthouse on 0450 652 882 or osalthouse@student.unimelb.edu.au.

This project has been approved by Austin Health Human Research Ethics Committee: HREC/17/Austin/377.

Study Address: 
All parts of the study will be carried out in participants’ homes, and there will be no requirement for any travel.
Full Name: 
Olivia Salthouse
Institute: 
Austin Health & The University of Melbourne
Email: 
osalthouse@student.unimelb.edu.au
Phone Number: 
0450 652 882