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Enhancing Sleep Duration: Effects on Children's Eating and Activity Behaviors

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: January 12, 2012
Last Update Posted: December 5, 2016
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Temple University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
The Miriam Hospital
The proposed study aims to determine whether an intervention to increase sleep in school-age children is associated with positive changes in eating, activity behaviors and zBMI. One hundred four children 8-11 years old who sleep 9 ½ hours or less per night will be randomly assigned to 1 of 2 conditions: 1) optimize sleep (increase TIB by 1 ½ hours/night to produce a change in sleep duration of approximately 40 minutes/night), or 2) control (no change in sleep). Families of children in the optimize sleep group will be taught effective behavioral strategies that have been shown to improve sleep duration. At baseline, 2-week and 2-month follow-up, the following will be gathered: sleep duration (measured by actigraphy), food intake (measured by 3 days of 24-hour recall), activity level (measured by accelerometry), the relative reinforcing value (RRV) of food (measured using a validated experimental paradigm), and measured child height and weight.

Condition Intervention
Sleep Obesity Behavioral: Optimize Sleep

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

Further study details as provided by The Miriam Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Sleep Duration [ Time Frame: Baseline, 2-weeks, and 2-months ]
    Measured with actigraphy

  • Change in Dietary Intake [ Time Frame: Baseline, 2-weeks, and 2-months ]
    Measured using 24-hour dietary recalls (2 weekday and 1 weekend day)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in the Reinforcing Value of Food [ Time Frame: Baseline, 2-weeks, and 2-months ]
    Measured using a computer paradigm, the Behavioral Choice Task

  • Change in activity [ Time Frame: Baseline, 2-week, and 2-month ]
    Physical and sedentary activities assessed using accelerometers and self-report

  • Change in zBMI [ Time Frame: Baseline, 2-week, and 2-month ]
    Based on measured height and weight

Enrollment: 103
Study Start Date: August 2011
Study Completion Date: November 2016
Primary Completion Date: June 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Control
Experimental: Optimize Sleep Behavioral: Optimize Sleep
Children are asked to increase their sleep by approximately 1 1/2 hours/night for the duration of the two month intervention


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Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 11 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 8-11 years old
  • BMI for age and gender > 10th percentile (but no greater than 100% overweight)
  • Sleep 9.5 hours or less nightly
  • Attend elementary school
  • Like at least 1 food used in the reinforcement paradigm
  • Able to understand and complete the reinforcement paradigm

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Existence of a diagnosable parasomnia, sleep disordered breathing
  • Medical or psychiatric condition that could influence sleep or weight
  • Inability to complete study materials, including diagnosed disabilities
  • Dietary restrictions/allergies to foods used in the study that preclude them from study participation
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01508793

United States, Pennsylvania
Center for Obesity Research and Education
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19140
United States, Rhode Island
The Miriam Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02903
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Miriam Hospital
Temple University
Principal Investigator: Chantelle N Hart, Ph.D. Temple University
  More Information

Responsible Party: The Miriam Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01508793     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01HL092910 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Submitted: January 5, 2012
First Posted: January 12, 2012
Last Update Posted: December 5, 2016
Last Verified: September 2015

Keywords provided by The Miriam Hospital:
Eating behaviors