Development and Initial Feasibility Testing of Treatment for Sleep Disturbance in Women with Eating Disorders

Title: Development and Initial Feasibility Testing of Treatment for Sleep Disturbance in Women with Eating Disorders

Description: BACKGROUND: Recent evidence shows that sleep disturbance can predict the severity of eating disorder (ED) symptoms. This link suggests that improving sleep problems in ED populations is a viable pathway to improving ED symptoms. Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is the first-line treatment for sleep disturbance in psychiatric populations. Before introducing CBT-I to a new population, it is critical that it is adapted to the sleep-related thoughts and behaviours unique to that population. PROBLEM: Sleep-related thoughts and behaviours unique to ED populations remain unknown.
PURPOSE: The present study assesses sleep-related thoughts and behaviours in ED populations to inform the development and initial feasibility of a behaviourally-based sleep intervention tailored specifically to ED populations.
METHODS: A mixed-methods explanatory sequential design will be used, which includes an online survey followed by a virtual focus group. The study is shared via multiple media platforms dedicated to eating disorder awareness and recovery. We are recruit females, aged 18–50 years, and who report co-occurring insomnia and eating disorder symptoms.
DATA ANALYSIS: The quantitative data will be analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS, Version 25) and the qualitative data will be analyzed using thematic analysis

Specifics: Study Population:
Participants: Females, aged 18-50 years, who are not pregnant, and who are currently experiencing eating disorder symptoms and sleep disturbance.
Regional population: North America.
Sample size: Survey (N=200) and focus group (N=6).
Participant Obligation:
Obligation: online informed consent and survey with questions on thoughts and behaviours related to sleep and eating.
Optional: Express interest in participating in the focus group.

Location: Online - Edmonton

Project lead: Dr. William J. Whelton

Study Dates: March 1, 2021 to February 1, 2022

Study Website: https://redcap.link/sleepbetter