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Sleep Effectiveness and Insulin and Glucose Homeostasis

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Verified June 2013 by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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First received: June 24, 2013
Last updated: June 25, 2013
Last verified: June 2013

The purpose of this study is to examine the influence of sleep effectiveness on glucose and insulin metabolism in health and disease (prediabetes and type two diabetes).

We will monitor sleep effectiveness using the sleep spectrogram, obtain serial nocturnal blood glucose and insulin measurements, and assess the impact of pharmacologic enhancement [using eszopiclon (Lunesta), a medication that promotes stable sleep)] on glucose and insulin homeostasis.

We hypothesize that 1: Effective sleep is associated with enhanced insulin sensitivity, relative to ineffective sleep states, and 2: Enhancing sleep effectiveness using eszopiclone (Lunesta) improves 24-hour glucose metabolism in prediabetics and diabetics compared to baseline.

Condition Intervention
Glucose Intolerance
Drug: eszopiclone

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Sleep Effectiveness and Insulin and Glucose Homeostasis

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Further study details as provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • change in continuous glucose profile [ Time Frame: comparing 72 hours of baseline and after 1 week of eszopiclone ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • change in Sleep effectiveness biomarkers [ Time Frame: nightly comparing baseline with post-7 nights of eszopiclone ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 48
Study Start Date: October 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: eszopiclone
We will evaluate the impact of pharmacologic enhancement of effective sleep with nightly eszopiclone (taken before bedtime for 1 week, home environment) on glycemic profiles (continuous glucose monitoring, 72 hrs) in prediabetics and diabetics compared to pretreatment baseline. The dose of eszopiclone will be the lowest tolerated dose (1-3 mg) via dose escalation and side effect profile assessment.
Drug: eszopiclone
Eszopiclone at a dose of 1-3 mg (lowest tolerated dose, as determined using a dose escalation schedule and side effect profile)will be taken 30 minutes before bedtime for one week.
Other Name: Lunesta

Detailed Description:

Evidence from experimental studies supports the hypothesis that fragmented or insufficient sleep contributes to impaired glucose and insulin homeostasis. The sleep spectrogram, an EEG-independent measure of sleep effectiveness, maps coupled oscillations of heart rate variability and ECG-derived respiration. In a sample of non-diabetic subjects with and without sleep apnea, we previously explored the association between ECG-spectrogram derived biomarkers and glucose metabolism and found that the marker of effective sleep, High Frequency Coupling (HFC), is associated with reduced diabetes risk (increased Disposition Index). HFC is also enhanced by sedative medications (unpublished data). In this study we will 1.) explore the relationship between sleep effectiveness and insulin sensitivity across the sleep period, by frequently sampling glucose and insulin during nocturnal polysomnography in healthy and prediabetic subjects; and 2.) evaluate the impact of pharmacologic enhancement of effective sleep with nightly eszopiclone (1 week, home environment) on glycemic profiles (continuous glucose monitoring, 72 hrs) in prediabetics and diabetics compared to pretreatment baseline. We expect that desirable glycemic profiles will correlate with the spectrographic marker of effective sleep while undesirable glucose profiles will correlate with the marker of ineffective sleep. Using pharmacologic enhancement of effective sleep, we expect to demonstrate improvement in glycemic profiles in prediabetic and diabetic subjects compared to pre-treatment baseline.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 64 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy volunteers, men and women 18-64 years of age.
  • Fluent English speakers.
  • Health status as per criteria listed for prediabetes and diabetes (based on 2003 American Diabetes Association criteria and 2009 International Expert Committee Report: Prediabetics will have impaired glucose tolerance with fasting plasma glucose (FPG) 100-125 mg/dL, Hemoglobin A1C 5.7-6.4%, or 2-hour plasma glucose (PG) 140-199 mg/dL after 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). Diabetics will have FPG ≥ 126 mg/dL, Hemoglobin A1C ≥ 6.5%, or 2-hour PG ≥ 200 mg/dL on OGTT.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Primary psychiatric disease or conditions which may independently contribute to sleep fragmentation or may hinder the subject's ability to complete the proposed testing:
  • Respiratory, liver, or clotting disorders
  • History of sleep disordered breathing, Restless legs syndrome or Periodic limb movement disorder or high clinical suspicion of sleep disordered breathing or other sleep disorder (e.g., snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, frequent napping, excessive motor activity)
  • Shift worker or circadian phase disorder
  • Abnormal resting ECG, pacemaker, atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmia
  • Seizure disorder
  • History of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia or use of psychiatric medication
  • Narcolepsy
  • Tobacco or recreational drug use
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Regular use of stimulants or hypnotic medication
  • Evidence of sleep apnea (Apnea-Hypopnea Index > 10 on screening sleep study)
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01887691

Contact: Melanie Pogach, MD 617-667-5864

United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Sponsors and Collaborators
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Melanie Pogach, MD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Identifier: NCT01887691     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ASMF 80-PA-12
Study First Received: June 24, 2013
Last Updated: June 25, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
Glucose intolerance
Sleep quality
Continuous glucose monitoring
Diabetes risk

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Glucose Intolerance
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Central Nervous System Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Hypnotics and Sedatives
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on March 03, 2015