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Volunteer to take part in our study examining mood, thoughts and sleep

We're looking for volunteers to take part in research to help us identify strategies for improving sleep.

Our researchers are looking at sleep quality as well as thought patterns and mood. We aim to understand the relationship between these concepts with the aim of figuring out ways in which people can improve a vicious cycle of lack of sleep and low mood.

Some negative thought patterns are known to be associated with low mood and with sleep problems. Low mood and sleep have a bidirectional relationship where lack of sleep can make you feel low, but similarly low mood can disturb your sleep.

We're investigating whether negative thought patterns may worsen this relationship, and if other thought patterns may be more helpful in stopping this cycle from continuing.


You must be:

  • aged 18 years and over
  • able to do both parts at the agreed times (30 minutes before bed and the next day at noon)

We are recruiting for this study until Friday 7 August 2020.

What’s involved in the study 

Find out what's involved in taking part in this research.

Day 1

30 minutes before you plan on sleeping you complete a series of questionnaires about your mood and sleep and then complete a short task before being given some statements to think about.

Day 2

The next day at 12pm (noon) you will be emailed a link to a questionnaire to report on your sleep. This only takes 2 to 3 minutes to complete.

Unfortunately we cannot offer reimbursements for taking part in this study.


This study has received ethical approval 1. Data collected in this study will remain anonymous. Email addresses will be gathered for sending the link to the second part of the study, but this will be done in a separate form meaning your email address will not be linked to any data. Your email address will then be deleted and will not be used for any other purpose. The consent form and study will be completed via Qualtrics, a secure survey platform. Data collection and retention will comply fully with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and will only be accessible to the lead researcher and their supervisor.

Take part in this research

Complete survey

Get in touch

If you have any questions about this research study, please contact the lead researcher.

1 This study has been approved by the University of Bath Psychology Ethics Committee REF20-058.