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Testing the Nocturnal Sleep Latency Profile in Primary Insomnia

This study has been completed.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
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University of Pittsburgh Identifier:
First received: September 9, 2005
Last updated: February 13, 2008
Last verified: February 2008
This study tests a new kind of sleep study in which subjects are awakened 2 times after initially going to sleep. The study focuses on the EEG signal process as a person goes to sleep. The general hypothesis is that the signal properties are stable from night to night during baseline studies, and are different between controls and patients with primary insomnia. The primary insomnia patients then go on to have about 2 weeks of an insomnia intervention. Then the new kind of study is repeated in the patients. The controls only are examined in baseline studies.

Condition Intervention Phase
Primary Insomnia Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders Drug: eszopiclone 3 mg qHS Behavioral: General cognitive/behavioral interventions for insomnia Phase 1

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Testing the Nocturnal Sleep Latency Profile in Primary Insomnia

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Further study details as provided by University of Pittsburgh:

Estimated Enrollment: 24
Study Start Date: January 2005
Study Completion Date: June 2007
Detailed Description:
Patients are carefully screened to have DSM primary insomnia, and do not have another disorder than may cause a sleep disturbance. After a 2-week baseline period, the subjects undergo a screening sleep study to rule out sleep apnea and periodic limb movement disorder. Then they undergo the NSLP procedure. In that procedure, there pre-bedtime EEG recordings and questionnaire responses taken. Then at a planned time, the subjects go to bed and try to sleep while there EEG signals are recorded. After the first and second sleep cycles, they are awakened for one minute, then asked to return to sleep. In the morning additional recordings and questionnaire responses are obtained. Two nights later they repeat a baseline NSLP procedure. The controls then end their participation. The Patients then receive an open treatment with eszopiclone and behavioral treatments so that their insomnia may improve. After 2 weeks intervention, the patients complete one NLSP night. The goal of the study is to see if there can be data to support the idea that the sleep onset process might harbor a sign of primary insomnia that could be used for the development of a better medical model of primary insomnia.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Primary Insomnia (N = 12) Age & Gender matched Healthy controls (N = 12)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unstable Medical illness No other Sleep disorder BMI > 35, AHI > 10, PLM Index > 10, Ferritin < 50. Unable to communicate in English
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00167375

United States, Pennsylvania
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Principal Investigator: Douglas E Moul, M.D., M.P.H University of Pittsburgh
  More Information Identifier: NCT00167375     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NSLP1
Study First Received: September 9, 2005
Last Updated: February 13, 2008

Keywords provided by University of Pittsburgh:
sleep onset
time series analysis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Sleep Disorders, Intrinsic
Sleep Wake Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Mental Disorders
Hypnotics and Sedatives
Central Nervous System Depressants
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