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Trent University Sleep Research Lab Investigating Link Between Sleep and Memory


Study Currently Underway and in Need of Participants 65 and Older


Thursday, February 9, 2006, Peterborough


The Trent University Sleep Research Lab is looking for men and women, aged 65 or older, willing to participate in a current study designed to explore the links between sleep and memory and the differences between young and old participants.


Funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, the study has been underway for approximately six months. To date, the Sleep Lab has collected baseline data on younger participants and many interesting sleep patterns have begun to emerge. The second part of the study, a comparison to older participants, is now underway; however, more participants over the age of 65 are required.


Participants should be relatively healthy and mobile, as travel to the Sleep Research Lab at Trent University is required on two occasions for testing, which won’t last longer than half an hour. In addition, participants will have their sleep patterns monitored for three nights, in their own homes. A Research Technologist from the Sleep Lab will visit the participants in their home during the evenings to get the monitoring system, a small purse-like device, set-up and will come to collect it each morning. Each eligible person will be paid $100 for their participation in the study.


Anyone interested in participating should contact the Sleep Research Lab at 748.1011 x5321.




For more information on the study, or to learn more about the Sleep Research Lab at Trent University, please contact:

Dr. Carlyle Smith, Department of Psychology, at 748.1011 x1406



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