Circadian Rhythms and Sleep in Familial DSPS and ASPS

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Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : October 31, 2005
Last Update Posted : September 26, 2016
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Phyllis Zee, Northwestern University

October 27, 2005
October 31, 2005
September 26, 2016
September 2003
September 2017   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Sleep [ Time Frame: 1 night ]
Assessment of sleep parameters
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Circadian Timing [ Time Frame: 3 days ]
Assessment of circadian activity profiles
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Circadian Rhythms and Sleep in Familial DSPS and ASPS
Circadian Rhythms and Sleep in Familial Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS) and Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome (ASPS)
The purpose of this study is to determine the properties of circadian rhythms and sleep propensity in familial advanced and delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS).


Tremendous progress in the past few years has led to the identification of several circadian clock genes. This now makes it possible to determine how alterations of human circadian clock genes and their expression could lead to differences in circadian and sleep/wake cycle phenotypes. Of particular interest for understanding genetics of the human circadian system are individuals with sleep phase disorders, such as DSPS and advanced sleep phase syndrome (ASPS), because recent studies indicate a genetic basis for these disorders. While it is assumed that both ASPS and DSPS are disorders of circadian timing, little is known about how the circadian clock system, or its interaction with sleep processes, are affected in these individuals.


Participants will complete questionnaires and actigraphy to determine sleep patterns and quality.

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Retention:   Samples Without DNA
Non-Probability Sample
Subjects with circadian rhythm sleep disorders and healthy age and gender matched controls
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder
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    People with delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS).
  • 2
    People with advanced sleep phase syndrome (ASPS).
  • 3
    Control group (people with intermediate sleep patterns).

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
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September 2017
September 2017   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria for ASPS Participants:

  • Morning type score on the Horne-Ostberg questionnaire
  • Advanced melatonin onset

Inclusion Criteria for DSPS Participants:

  • Evening type score on the Horne-Ostberg questionnaire
  • Delayed melatonin onset

Inclusion Criteria for Controls:

  • A stable sleep/wake pattern with a normal phase relationship to the environment and no history of sleep disorders

Exclusion Criteria for all subjects:

  • Sleep disorder, other than DSPS or ASPS, as assessed by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and/or by polysomnogram
  • History of cognitive or other neurological disorders
  • History of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV criteria for any major psychiatric disorder, alcohol or substance abuse
  • Abnormal mood as assessed by the Hamilton Depression Scale
  • History of, or concurrent, unstable or serious medical illness
  • Current use of psychoactive medications, including antidepressants, anxiolytics, neuroleptics, anticonvulsants, hypnotics, and stimulant medications
  • Shift work
  • Having a daily caffeine intake greater than 4 cups per day
  • Smoking
  • Travel across more than 2 time zones within 90 days of the study
  • Pregnancy or the desire to become pregnant during the study period
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Contact: Sabra Abbott, MD, PhD 312-503-3561
United States
R01HL069988 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
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Plan to Share IPD: No
Phyllis Zee, Northwestern University
Northwestern University
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Principal Investigator: Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD Northwestern University
Northwestern University
September 2016