If you decide to take part in this five to six month study, you will:

  • Participate in three remote evaluation sessions and testing of the study youth, including playing video games while connected to sensors that measure the youth’s biological reaction to the games and complete some brief surveys. Each session will last about an hour to an hour and a half. 
  • Participate in three separate, week-long measurement weeks at home during different parts of the study. During these, both youth and parent/guardian will complete an online survey and a daily diary about sleep and media use, and the youth will wear sensors to measure sleep, physical activity, and biological reactions to media use and everyday activities. 
  • Have a remote intervention session with a study team member who will coach both youth and parent/guardian in the knowledge and skills we use in this program to reduce the impact that media use has on sleep. This will include learning more about sleep, how our bodies react to media use, and how to use a brief, guided mind-body awareness exercise you will receive on audio player. All study families will be placed into one of two groups randomly (like flipping a coin). One group will have this remote session towards the beginning of the study and one group will have this session halfway through the study, and we will study the differences in results between the two groups. The groups will receive slightly different instruction and materials, but both groups will receive help to try and reduce the impact that media use is having on the youth’s sleep.
Handsome young Hispanic boy playing a video game

Families who participate in this study may receive up to $310 on a pre-loaded gift card over the course of the study. If you and your child decide to leave the study, you may do so at any time and for any reason. If you do decide to stop, you would simply contact a research team member to let them know you wish to exit.