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    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is conducting a research study to examine the role sleep plays in the functioning of married couples and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The study will seek to understand how couples’ behaviors during the daytime influence their sleep and how their sleep influences their subsequent behaviors, and ultimately how some marriages may reduce cardiovascular risk whereas others may confer risk.


    Researchers are looking for married couples between the ages of 18 and 45 who have a regular sleep schedule, and do not have sleep, psychiatric, heart or other major medical problems. Eligible couples will be asked to come to the research laboratory for several visits to complete questionnaires, have a physical exam, participate in a sleep study and engage in several videotaped discussions with their spouse.


    In addition, participants will be asked to complete a 10-day “home study,” during which they will wear a wrist-size watch which provides a behavioral measure of sleep, complete a daily handheld computer diary asking about daily interactions with their spouse, and for two days of the home study they will wear a portable blood pressure cuff to measure blood pressure during regular daily activities and during sleep.


    Given that spouses are the primary sources of both support and conflict for most adults, the marital relationship offers a critical window for understanding how the ups and downs of these relationships can influence sleep and ultimately cardiovascular health. Participants will be compensated for their time and will be given information regarding their sleep and cardiovascular risk factors.


    For more information please contact Jodi Martin at (412) 246-6965 or via Email
     
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