Sleep Restriction and Obesity


  • Study type

  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 11-007272
    NCT ID: NCT01580761
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 11-007272

About this study

Insufficient sleep may be one of the most common, and most preventable, obesity risk factors. The investigators wish to determine whether 14 nights of modest sleep restriction results in increased energy balance, thus potentially increasing the risk of obesity. The investigators hypothesize that sleep restriction will result in increased energy balance.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18-40 years
  • BMI of 18.5-30 kg/m²
  • Not a current smoker or tobacco user
  • No chronic medical or psychiatric disorders
  • On no prescription medications other than second generation antihistamines (cetirizine, fexofenadine, desloratadine, loratadine, etc), oral contraceptive pills, or intrauterine devices
  • History of normal sleep patterns, defined as nocturnal sleep duration of 6.5-8 hours per night without regular daytime naps

Exclusion Criteria:

  • The investigators will exclude subjects who have any medical or psychiatric disorders
  • History of anxiety or depression
  • Those taking any medications other than non-sedating antihistamines or oral contraceptives will be excluded
  • Those found to have depression on a depression screening tool (BDI-II) will be excluded
  • Current smokers will be excluded
  • All female subjects will undergoing a screening pregnancy test and excluded if positive
  • Subjects found to have significant sleep disorders will be excluded

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact us for help.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Lisa Block