The Write and Sleep for Healing Study at Howard University is seeking volunteers to participate in our research study examining whether improving sleep quality enhances the therapeutic effects of writing about a traumatic experience.
You may be eligible to participate in this study if you are: - Ages 18 years or older - Generally healthy - Experiencing emotional distress stemming from a traumatic experience.
Study Procedures: For screening and evaluation: - Questionnaires - Interviews and physical examination Possibility of: - Sleep studies - Writing about a traumatic experience - Taking an FDA approved medication for insomnia (BELSOMRA) for two nights
Financial Compensation Will Be Provided
For more information: Call 202-865-7185 or Email WSHstudy@howard.edu
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Howard University Write and Sleep for Healing Study
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Why are we doing this study? Research has shown that writing about one’s traumatic experience reduces symptoms of PTSD. In addition, sleep appears to facilitate the positive effects of writing about trauma. Our research team’s previous study found that people who slept well after writing about trauma had greater benefit from this writing intervention compared with people whose sleep was compromised. We hope that this study will provide valuable information that helps researchers and clinicians improve treatment for people suffering from PTSD.
We are a research team based in Howard University, Washington, DC conducting clinical studies on PTSD, sleep, and health to improve treatment of people suffering from consequences of a traumatic event.