An analysis of sleep deprivation factors and consequences of staying awake in the stimulus control treatment of sleep disturbances

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Thomas Peter Tokarz (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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P. Scott Lawrence

Abstract: In this study two independent variables were manipulated: sleep deprivation and behaviors performed once out of bed. The sleep deprivation variable involved subjects sleeping for either seven or nine hours a night. The behaviors performed factor consisted of subjects performing either pleasant or aversive behaviors when they got out of bed after not being able to fall asleep within ten minutes. There were seven conditions in this study: high sleep-deprivation, unpleasant; low sleep-deprivation, unpleasant; high sleep-deprivation pleasant; low sleep-deprivation, pleasant; high sleep-deprivation, neutral; low sleep-deprivation neutral; and a placebo-control group. All treatment conditions except the placebo-control group received Bootzin'a (1972) stimulus control treatment of insomnia. After filling out one week of daily sleep forms, 48 college subjects who had average latency to sleep onsets of 60 minutes or greater for three or more days out of the week were selected for the study. The latency scores for these subjects were rank ordered and blocked; then the subjects were randomly blocked into treatment groups. The subjects were seen in individual therapy sessions once per week for five weeks.

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Language: English
Date: 1976
Sleep deprivation
Sleep disorders $x Treatment

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