Sleep with Sound Cues for Anxiety Disorders

High Risk
Recruiting · < 18 · All Sexes · Miami, FL

This study is evaluating whether a type of memory process that occurs during sleep may be related to negative overgeneralization in anxiety.

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About the trial for Anxiety Disorders

Eligible Conditions
Anxiety · Anxiety Disorders

Treatment Groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Sleep With Sound Cues is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. Some patients will receive a placebo treatment. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Main TreatmentA portion of participants receive this new treatment to see if it outperforms the control.
Sleep with Sound Cues
Control TreatmentAnother portion of participants receive the standard treatment to act as a baseline.
Sleep with Sham Cues


This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and younger. There are 4 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Inclusion & Exclusion Checklist
Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
be right-handed.
10-13 years old
Able to understand and communicate in English and have a parent who is able to understand and communicate in English or Spanish
included across any range of symptoms of anxiety, and may meet full diagnostic criteria for Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety and Separation Anxiety.
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Odds of Eligibility
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Approximate Timelines

Please note that timelines for treatment and screening will vary by patient
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: varies
Reporting: Recall, 12 hours
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: Recall, 12 hours
This trial has approximate timelines as follows: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and reporting: Recall, 12 hours.
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Measurement Requirements

This trial is evaluating whether Sleep with Sound Cues will improve 1 secondary outcome in patients with Anxiety Disorders. Measurement will happen over the course of Recall, 12 hours.

Object Completion Memory Task (behavioral and fMRI)
Reporting "old" versus "new" in response to a picture set that includes old, new and similar pictures to those learned at baseline in order to capture metrics of memory generalization (pattern completion).

Patient Q & A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

What are the signs of anxiety disorders?

Symptoms that are common to all anxiety disorders are difficulty sleeping, restlessness, muscle aches and joint pain. The symptoms of a specific disorder of anxiety disorders may be milder or different from those of another disorder.\n

Anonymous Patient Answer

How many people get anxiety disorders a year in the United States?

Approximately 7.9 million Americans are bothered by at least one anxiety disorder annually, of which panic attacks occur in nearly one-third of all cases. In those with an anxiety disorder, 2.6 million persons experience a panic attack a year; however, these people often are not aware of their anxiety disorder.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What causes anxiety disorders?

Anxiety cannot be explained by biochemical factors, so there must be an environmental cause, or more than one, to cause them. As individuals are usually only moderately anxious, it may be related to other people and the social environment. Anxieties might be more severe in those who do not adjust to stress properly. People who feel that they need to be anxious usually have more anxiety and it develops more quickly around people they don't see often. answer: the most common environmental cause of anxiety is the presence of strangers, but people with social anxiety often see themselves as afraid of others.

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Can anxiety disorders be cured?

Anxiety may not have a curative psychological disorder, but there are ways to treat its symptoms. These include medication (anti-anxiety medications) or counselling. Anxiety is a chronic condition that may not be cured. In cases where anxiety is chronic and is not relieved by counselling, medication or other therapy, a medication may be made.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are common treatments for anxiety disorders?

Results from a recent paper of treatments for anxiety disorders depend on the level of severity and the type of disorder, and the evidence for the best practice is limited or contradictory. Some treatments may have adverse effects from chronic use; and the data are not compelling in general for recommending long-term use. The evidence for the effectiveness of newer treatments is stronger but may also contain significant drawbacks as well.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is anxiety disorders?

Anxiety is a significant problem. The anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric problems in the last year. The disorders cause immense difficulties for the patients, their families and society.

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What is sleep with sound cues?

Sound cues may reduce anxiety by increasing sleep efficiency or by increasing sleep duration. The mechanisms for this effect are not yet understood. Recent findings illustrate the importance of sleep in the treatment of anxiety disorders and the need for further research concerning the role of sleep in the management of anxiety disorders.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Has sleep with sound cues proven to be more effective than a placebo?

SWSCs led to significantly lower state anxiety than placebo at all times, but not after the 30-minute treatment interval. After the SWSCs, significant improvements in self-reported state anxiety were found. There were no other significant changes. SWSC did not significantly alter the PSQ responses. The present study can contribute to developing an understanding of what effect SWSC can have on lowering the PSQ responses.

Anonymous Patient Answer

How serious can anxiety disorders be?

[Not serious enough from a health care professional's or an individual's perspective] Individuals with anxiety disorders who seek out help may have more severe symptoms and disability than individuals without a mental health problem. Although those with mental health problems who seek help are not as ill as they think, health care professionals, particularly physicians, must be conscious of this discrepancy. People who suffer from mental disorders may be aware of all their symptoms, but the anxiety is disabling enough to make it harder for them to be a productive member of society. They are also more likely to have a higher level of perceived social stress and poorer adjustment to their situation [than those without a mental illness].

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the latest developments in sleep with sound cues for therapeutic use?

There is some evidence that people are able to manipulate their sleep/wake cycle with a variety of sounds. The mechanisms underlying this control are currently unknown. Further clinical research is necessary to determine whether and by which mechanisms listening to these sounds may provide sleep/wake cycle support (improving sleep efficiency/quality, relieving insomnia/sleep latency) and, additionally, affect the occurrence of anxiety, depression, and/or other sleep and wake related symptoms.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Have there been any new discoveries for treating anxiety disorders?

Although we found no good evidence that psychological interventions worked, we did find tentative evidence that they might help to treat some anxiety symptoms such as post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias. However, this is only moderate evidence and more research is needed to confirm these results unequivocally.

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What does sleep with sound cues usually treat?

[In a 2006 Cochrane review of the use of sleep-disruptive sounds during sleep therapy for insomnia, there is moderate evidence of treatment effects, including decreased sleep onset latency and improvement in the quality of sleep. [With the exception of rebound insomnia and daytime sleepiness, there was little evidence of adverse effects, including headache, panic attacks and anxiety disorders, though rebound insomnia and fatigue did not reach significance]. Sleep with sound therapy is recommended as a helpful adjunct therapy in the management of insomnia, and may reduce other insomnia symptoms. Sleep with sound therapy has been studied and recommended in the treatment of insomnia due to the use of a variety of sleep-disrupting sounds that are effective in improving sleep in people with insomnia during sleep.

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