Citizen Science: The People's Trial: A Randomised Controlled Trial

2019-12-08 01:41:39 | BioPortfolio


The People's trial is an online pragmatic, randomised controlled trial to determine if reading a book in bed makes a difference to sleep in comparison to not reading a book in bed.


The People's Trial seeks to help enhance the public's understanding of randomised trials by facilitating the involvement of the public in the trial research process. The public have, through an online format, guided the development and design of The People's Trial randomised controlled trial. The People's trial is a parallel, online randomised controlled trial to determine if reading a book in bed makes a difference to sleep in comparison to not reading a book in bed.

Members of the public will be recruited through online platforms. Informed consent will be obtained from all participants prior to trial registration. Consent forms will be provided online prior to registration for The People's Trial. Participants will be required to acknowledge that they have read the consent form and give consent to proceed with trail registration.

Participants will be randomly allocated into one of two groups:

Group 1: Reading a book in bed

Group 2: Not reading a book in bed

Study Design




Reading a book


Not yet recruiting


National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Results (where available)

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Periods of sleep manifested by changes in EEG activity and certain behavioral correlates; includes Stage 1: sleep onset, drowsy sleep; Stage 2: light sleep; Stages 3 and 4: delta sleep, light sleep, deep sleep, telencephalic sleep.

Dyssomnias (i.e., insomnias or hypersomnias) associated with dysfunction of internal sleep mechanisms or secondary to a sleep-related medical disorder (e.g., sleep apnea, post-traumatic sleep disorders, etc.). (From Thorpy, Sleep Disorders Medicine, 1994, p187)

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