Sleep Extension and Behavior of Young Children

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 27, 2018
Last Update Posted : February 27, 2018
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Rebecca Spencer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Brief Summary:
This pseudo-randomized intervention study examined change in inhibitory control following a sleep manipulation in which children with and without ADHD were instructed to advance their bedtime by 90 minutes for five days.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Behavioral: Sleep Extension

Detailed Description:

Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of a sleep extension intervention in young children with ADHD and determine whether sleep extension improves inhibitory control, a primary deficit in ADHD.

Design: Children with and without ADHD completed two 5-day assessments: a baseline condition in which children followed their normal bedtime routine and a sleep extension condition in which children were instructed to go to bed 90 minutes earlier than their habitual bedtime. Sleep was assessed with actigraphy and, on the final night, polysomnography. A Go/No-Go task was used to assess inhibitory control.

Setting: Participants slept in their home on nights 1-4 and in the sleep laboratory on night 5 of each condition.

Main Outcomes and Measures: Of interest is actigraph measurement of total sleep time for the baseline compared to the sleep extension condition. Polysomnography will be used to compared changes in sleep physiology. The primary behavioral outcome is inhibitory control, indexed by accuracy on No-Go trials in the Go/No-Go task.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 27 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Participants are assigned to the ADHD or Typically Developing group based on diagnosis history. Each then completes the intervention (EXTENSION) either preceded or followed by a week of baseline sleep (CONTROL). The order is pseudo-randomized.
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Sleep Extension on Sleep Physiology and Behavior of Young Children
Actual Study Start Date : December 1, 2015
Primary Completion Date : August 1, 2017
Study Completion Date : August 1, 2017

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: EXTENSION
During the extension condition, caregivers were instructed to put their child to bed 90 minutes earlier than their habitual bedtime for five consecutive nights. Caregivers were provided a list of tips to aid in implementing the earlier bedtime.
Behavioral: Sleep Extension
Child attempted to go to bed 90 mins in advance of their normal bedtime.
No Intervention: CONTROL
Children followed their normal bedtime routine for five consecutive nights.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. total sleep time [ Time Frame: 5 days (actigraph watch is worn for 5 days in each condition and overnight sleep time is identified and averaged across these 5 days) ]
    average nightly across 5 nights

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. inhibitory control [ Time Frame: measured before and after sleep - about 12 hrs ]
    measured with the Go/NoGo task

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Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 9 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • A subset of children were required to have an ADHD diagnosis

Exclusion Criteria:

  • diagnosis of intellectual disabilities or developmental delay
  • current diagnosis of history of sleep disorder
  • uncorrected hearing or visual impairments

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03446716

United States, Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States, 01003
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Spencer, PhD University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  Study Documents (Full-Text)

Documents provided by Rebecca Spencer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst:

Responsible Party: Rebecca Spencer, Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Identifier: NCT03446716     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2015-2739
R01HL111695 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: February 27, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 27, 2018
Last Verified: February 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders