American Family Children's Hospital


As a part of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Wisconsin Sleep in Madison, Wisconsin, strives to learn more about the effects of sleep on our lives and health through innovative research.


We are currently looking for participants in several of our research studies. Participation is voluntary and you will be given full details of the study and what you would be asked to do before you decide whether or not to participate.


Current Studies

Sleep Apnea


Wisconsin Sleep is currently offering an at-home sleep study for people who suspect they have sleep apnea.



Sleep and Schizophrenia

Drs. Giulio Tononi and Michael Peterson at the UW Department of Psychiatry are investigating the normal patterns of brain activity during sleep, and how these patterns change in conditions that affect the brain, such as sleep and psychiatric disorders. The study uses electroencephalography (EEG) to measure your brain's normal electrical activity while you are awake and asleep.


To be eligible for this study you must have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, and:

  • Be between 18-65 years old
  • Have no serious medical problems
  • Have no drug or alcohol problems in the last 6 months
  • Not be pregnant

There will be at least two study sessions: the first lasts two to three hours during the day. The second session is an overnight sleep recording in the sleep lab. You will be paid approximately $130-$170 for these visits. Some participants will be offered the opportunity to participate in additional, optional, study visits.

  • There is no cost for study procedures 
  • Transportation can be arranged if necessary

If you are interested, please call (608) 263-6088 or e-mail


Sleep Medication and Depression

Participants are needed for an eight-week study looking at whether the cautious use of sleep medication reduces depressive symptoms in people with depression and insomnia.


Participants must be 18-65 years of age, be currently experiencing symptoms of depression and insomnia and have access to regular care with a primary care provider.


Participants will receive:

  • Free study medication and study-related care
  • Payment for their time (up to $400-$450)

For more information, please call Kate White at (608) 262-0169. 


Insomnia and Sleep Patterns

Participants are needed for a study about the sleep patterns of individuals with insomnia. This study uses high-density electroencephalography (EEG) recordings to evaluate brain wave activity during sleep and wakefulness.


Participants must be 18-40 years of age, be currently experiencing symptoms of insomnia, be right-handed and not be pregnant.


Study participation will involve:

  • One in-person screening visit
  • Two or three overnight visits with EEG

Participants will receive up to $300 to $450 for their time. For more information, please call Kate White at (608) 262-0169.