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Charlottesville, Virginia 22908


The purpose of this study is to determine whether an Internet-based program, Sleep Healthy Using the Internet (SHUTi, or "Shut-Eye"), can help to improve the sleep of people who are in remission from cancer and experiencing symptoms of insomnia.

Study summary:

The purpose of this study is to test the feasibility of using an Internet program to improve the sleep of cancer patients with insomnia. Participants will receive access to the Internet program (called SHUTi, or "Shut-Eye") as well as to self-hypnosis recordings designed to improve sleep. SHUTi provides an online, tailored educational program to individuals who are experiencing sleep difficulties, including those having difficulty falling asleep, waking in the middle of the night, and waking too early in the morning.


Inclusion Criteria: - Age = At least 21 years old - Regular access to the Internet, including e-mail - Cancer patient - Any type of cancer (EXCEPT non-melanoma skin cancer) - In remission from any stage of cancer (active treatment completed at least one month prior to enrollment) - Insomnia diagnosis (combined from DSM-IV and ICSD): - Subjective complaints of poor sleep for at least 6 months - Sleep difficulties ≥3 nights/week - Difficulty falling asleep (≥30 minutes to fall asleep) OR - Difficulty staying asleep (≥30 minutes awake in the middle of the night) - ≤6.5 hours sleep/night - Poor sleep causes marked distress or significant impairment in daytime functioning (e.g. fatigue, performance deficits, mood disturbance) - Participant feels that the insomnia was caused/aggravated by cancer or cancer treatment Exclusion Criteria: - Having a sleep disorder other than insomnia (e.g. sleep apnea, RLS, narcolepsy, parasomnias) - Having a medical condition other than cancer that causes insomnia - Experiencing a psychiatric disturbance (major depression, psychosis) - Experiencing substance abuse - Currently undergoing psychotherapy or counseling - Changing sleep/anxiety/depression medication within the past month - Having an "unusual" sleep pattern - Normal bedtime is after 2am OR - Normal wake time is after 9am - Working as a shift worker (that is, having a schedule that requires working through the night) - Participants reports that she is pregnant or intending to get pregnant in the next 4 months



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Lee M Ritterband, Ph.D.
University of Virginia

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Location Contact:

Charlottesville, Virginia 22908
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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