Sleep GOALS Research Program

(Goal-focused Online Access to Lifestyle Support)

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are partnering with new mothers who want to be more physically active to evaluate how a lifestyle intervention can help. Join our compensated study today!

Fast Facts

gave birth in the past 7 months to your first child

18 years and older

Physically Inactive

Compensation Provided

Conducted in allegheny county, PA

Study Background

For new moms, it can be hard to get back into a healthy routine after going through pregnancy and birth. The Sleep GOALS program is designed to integrate sleep, diet, and physical activity in order help new mothers lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This research study will help us to develop and refine the program.

Participants will be randomly assigned to either the Sleep GOALS intervention or the education control group. The online program has sixteen 15-to-20-minute informational videos that you will watch each week, a lifestyle coach for personalized support, and commercial activity tracker and wireless scale to monitor your sleep, physical activity, diet, and weight.

Your participation in this study may help researchers find better ways to improve maternal health after giving birth. Further research today and join our compensated study!

Additional Information

The purpose of this research study is to develop and refine a weight loss intervention for moms who recently gave birth.

You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • Gave birth to your first child within the past 7 months
  • BMI of at least 25 kg/m2
  • Not physically active
  • Have internet access
  • Struggle with sleep

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the study
  • Taking medications that affect weight or sleep
  • Participating in another weight loss intervention

If eligible, participation involves up to 3 visits and online/at home activities over about 18 weeks.

Participants will complete baseline assessments during the first visit (Visit 1). Assessments include measuring height and weight and completing several questionnaires (demographic characteristics, weight history, mental wellness, social determinants of health, social support, infant sleep and feeding, sleep, physical activity, 24-hour recall of food intake). Also, participants will be given an activity monitor to wear on their wrist for 7 days.

During the intervention stage, you will be randomly assigned to either the Sleep GOALS intervention or an education control group. You have a 50-50 chance of being assigned to either group. In both groups, you will have access to online materials that you can view at home each week.

We will repeat the baseline assessments after interventions are complete (Visit 2). Lastly, we will conduct 60-minute semi-structured interviews with participants who are assigned to the Sleep GOALS intervention (Visit 3).

Compensation is provided up to $125 for your time.

There is no cost for you to participate in the study.