The oxygen content of the air decreases as altitude above sea level increases, and this can cause sleep disturbances and other effects. Our research team is studying how the supplement melatonin affects sleep, control of breathing, and brain function in a simulated high-altitude environment performed in a low-oxygen tent. We are seeking "lowlander" volunteers who have no known sleep disorders.
Age 18-65 yearsNo known sleep disorders
Principal and Co-Investigators:Atul Malhotra, MD and Naomi Deacon, PhD
Maximum compensation for completing entire study (3 visits of about 13 hours, total 39 hours):$525.00
Not born or lived at high altitude (>6000 ft)
No diabetes, heart, or lung disease
Non-smoker for at least a year
Three overnight sleep studies at our
UCSD Hillcrest sleep laboratory, two of which will be in a low-oxygen tent to mimic high altitude
What you may be asked to do during this study:
Take Melatonin or placebo pills
Complete study questionnaires and tests of concentration and learning
Three blood samples
Breathing tests with high carbon dioxide and low oxygen
If you have questions about this study, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (858)246-2154. Alternatively, you may fill out our volunteer survey form so our research staff members can reach out to you.
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