A study to test the effectiveness of a smartphone app to help young people with sleep difficulties.
Many young people experience difficulties falling asleep and achieving the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Sleep is very important, especially for young people, as it is associated with mood, ability to function at school, as well as physical and mental health.
We have developed a sleep app specifically for young people, which teaches evidence-based, cognitive behavioural strategies in a fun and interactive way. Previous studies of this app have found that young people like it, use it, and that its use helps with their sleep.
We are now planning a large trial to see how it impacts on a range of outcomes including mood, worry, fatigue, and general health.
What it involves
The study will begin in mid-2019 and will involve:
- Completing online surveys on three occasions over a 5-month period (taking about 20-25 minutes each time)
- Keeping a 1-week online sleep diary on three occasions (taking several minutes per day)
- Downloading and using the app either in the first round at the beginning of the study, or in the second round 5 months later
Who can participate?
Potential participants who have provided parental consent will need to complete a brief screening questionnaire to determine eligibility. You are likely to be
- Are 12-16 years old
- Speak and read English fluently
- Own a smartphone and can download apps from the App Store or Google Play
- Have access to the internet and a valid email address
- Are experiencing sleeping difficulties that impact your ability to function