The HABIT Study - Health professional Administered Brief Insomnia Therapy
The HABIT study is a pragmatic, multicentre, randomised controlled trial comparing nurse-delivered sleep restriction therapy for insomnia disorder to sleep hygiene in primary care.
The University of Oxford, University of Lincoln and University of Manchester are looking for volunteers aged 18 years and above, who have problems sleeping, to take part in a study. Our aim is to test two interventions that we hope will help people sleep better.
The study will involve completing some questionnaires, sleep diaries and wearing an actigraphy watch (similar to a fitbit) over 12 months and receiving one of two possible behavioural sleep treatments. You will also receive gift vouchers for taking part.
For more information about the study, please contact the Trial Manager, Dr Indrani Manoharan: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01865-289-591; 0808 168 0130.
If you are interested in taking part, please complete the online screening by clicking on the region where you reside. This will be used to determine whether you are eligible to take part in the study:
What is insomnia disorder?
Insomnia disorder (ID) is characterised by persistent problems with sleep initiation and/or maintenance, resulting in significant impairment to quality of life. ID is the most common sleep disorder and second most prevalent mental health complaint in Europe, affecting 10-12% of the adult population.
This expensive and burdensome condition is treatable but access to evidence-based intervention (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; CBT) is almost non-existent. In the absence of available treatment, General Practitioners (GPs) are limited to administering sleep hygiene guidelines, hypnotics, and (off-label) sedative antidepressants; yet none of these are evidence based for persistent insomnia and hypnotics have well-defined side-effects.
Sleep Restriction Therapy has emerged as one of the primary active ingredients within multi-component CBT and because of its focus on behaviour change, coupled with structured and prescriptive delivery, it is ideally suited for primary care (GP practice) delivery.
This is the first ever pragmatic study being conducted through GP practices to establish whether nurse-delivered Sleep Restriction Therapy (SRT) + Sleep Hygiene (SH) for insomnia disorder in primary care is clinically effective compared to sleep hygiene alone. Participants will be randomly allocated to one of the two intervention groups to either receive SRT+SH or SH only. All participants will continue to their receive routine NHS care during their participation.
If you are interested in knowing more about ongoing research on sleep at the University of Oxford, please visit the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences.
- Professor Peter Bower, University of Manchester
- Professor Niro Siriwardena, University of Lincoln
- Dr Emma Ogburn, University of Oxford
- Ms Lucy Abel, University of Oxford
- Professor Colin Espie, University of Oxford
- Professor Paul Aveyard, University of Oxford
- Dr Claire Madigan, University of Oxford
- Professor Ly-Mee Yu, University of Oxford