Sleep Virtual Study Seeks Latinx Adults

Research Center: Florida International University
Location: This is a virtual study (recruiting in the Miami-Dade County area)
Lead Researcher: Dr. Shanna L. Burke
IRB Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by the Florida International Office of Research Integrity Institutional Review Board


Latinx individuals are 1.5 times more likely to develop dementia and related diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease. Understanding the relationship between sleep and cognition is crucial to gaining insights into the disease development, outcomes, and health disparities among Hispanic and Latino individuals. 

This study seeks to explore the relationship between trauma, sleep, and cognition. Sleep problems have shown to be a modifiable risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This study aims to further understand sleep among Hispanic and Latino adults who have first-degree relatives diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Interested participants must be between the ages of 40 to 60 who have first-degree relatives with Alzheimer’s disease. Participants must comply with all the necessary study requirements for this study. Compensation, in the form of Amazon gift cards, will be given to eligible individuals for their participation in the study.

Why Participate? 

  • Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, and first degree relatives are at a higher risk themselves. You may contribute to research that would be of use to you when you are older.
  • You may better understand the different risk factors and sleep knowledge that affect your sleep, its quality, and length.
  • You may contribute valuable information that may benefit those with Alzheimer’s in the future. 
  • You will be compensated up to $125 in gift cards for participating in this study.
  • You will be helping to advance sleep and mental health research.

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you may withdraw at any time.
  • Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by law.

Who Can Participate?

  • Adults aged 40 to 60 years old who have first-degree relatives with Alzheimer’s disease. First degree means your parents and siblings.
  • Participants must identify as Hispanic, Latino, or Latinx.
  • Participants must have regular access to the internet, a computer or an iPad.
  • Participants must not have any pre-existing sleep disorder or sleep-disordered breathing (i.e.,sleep apnea).
  • Participants must be willing to be part of this study for over approximately 7 days as well as comply with the following study requirements:
    • Participants must be willing to complete questionnaires and surveys which will take about 60 minutes to complete.
    • Participants must be willing to wear a device on their wrist 24 hours for 7 days. This device keeps track of their sleep and physical activity.
    • Participants will be asked to complete tests that assess their thinking process on a computer or an IPad. These tests will be done on a video conferencing software that can be accessed on the Internet (Zoom). This meeting will be video and audio-recorded for quality, training, and scoring purposes. 

About The Research Center:

Florida International University
FIU is Miami’s first and only public research university. Offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, both on campus and fully online, FIU is worlds ahead in its service to the academic and local community. For over four decades, FIU has positioned itself as one of South Florida’s anchor institutions by solving some of the greatest challenges of our time. FIU is dedicated to enriching the lives of the local and global community. 

Please note:

Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the study team would like to note the following:

  • This is a virtual study which means you can participate in the comfort of your own home. 
  • There will be no in-person visits or clinic appointments in this study. Study personnel will drop-off the sleep watch device to your home in a contactless manner.
  • In this study, there is no need to have close interactions with any person.