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Daily Rest, Eating and Activity Monitoring (DREAM) Study


Although it is thought that not getting enough sleep might change what children eat and what they do, more research is required. Therefore we are running a 5-week study, called the DREAM study. We are recruiting children who are willing to help us by changing their sleep patterns over two of those 5 weeks, by getting less sleep one week, (by letting them go to bed a bit later than usual) and by getting more sleep one week (by asking them go to bed one hour earlier). Some careful measurements will then help us answer whether being tired really does affect what we eat. Researchers will visit children and families in their homes 5 times, and the children will also be asked to come to our lab twice. Participants will wear motion sensors for 3 of the 5 weeks, and wear a small camera on 4 days
This project has been approved by the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee (reference # 18/44).

Who can take part?

Dunedin children 8 to 12 years

Contact the Study Team

This study is a collaboration between the Departments of Medicine and Women's and Children's Health


Dr Aimee Ward, Silke Morrison, Deborah McIntosh (Department of Medicine)

Phone or Text: 022 043 2098


Follow this link for an eligibility questionnaire