Effects of Insomnia Treatment on Metabolism in Patients with Depression

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Study Overview

Are you currently depressed and have trouble sleeping? Are you between the ages of 21 and 60? You may be eligible for one of our current research studies:

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) has been the ‘gold standard’ for the treatment of insomnia. Insomnia and depression are highly related, and there’s a need for developing new treatments for depression. Previous research has indicated that, when a patient has both conditions, treating the insomnia may reduce the severity of depressive symptoms or cause the depression to go into remission. Other research has shown changes in metabolism when a patient’s insomnia is treated. One purpose of this study is to understand the relationships among insomnia, metabolism, and depression.

There is also a need to increase access to CBT-I, particularly for patients in more rural locations where providers may be scarce. One solution is to utilize telemedicine, which is “the use of electronic communications to provide and support health care when distance separates the provider from the patient.” So another purpose of the study is to determine if receiving CBT-I by video teleconferencing works just as well as in-person treatment.

Study Description

Your participation will last approximately 5 months. The first visit is a screening visit where you will be asked to answer questions about your sleep, thoughts, and feelings as well as a provide a fasting blood draw. If eligible, you will be provided two devices. One is a portable sleep monitoring device that you will wear for one night and a wrist worn device for one week. After study staff receive the devices back you will be randomized in to one of 2 groups: in-person CBT-I or CBT-I via Telemedicine. Following treatment, you will be given the wrist worn device to wear for a week and will come in to the office for another fasting blood draw and to answer questionnaires about 2 weeks after treatment. Three months after the end of treatment, you will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires online.

Additional Information:

Following the end of the 3 months followup, you will be invited to participate in a phone interview regarding your experience of the treatment you received.

  • Study Identifier: 831841

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