The purpose of this research study is to learn about the development of sleep patterns in African American infants. Sleep quality has been related to physical, emotional and behavioral health in children and adults, and thus we’d like to learn more about what may influence infant’s sleep patterns. This study will give us valuable information that may inform future programs for helping parents encourage better sleep for their infants.

How will the study be conducted?

This study will use home visits, sleep assessments, and questionnaires conducted online, through mail, and by telephone. Data will be collected during the third trimester of pregnancy and 3, 6, and 9 months after birth.

3rd Trimester

  • Participant will receive three phone calls inquiring about food she has eaten the day before
  • A small blood sample will be collected from the participant (mother) at the UNC Biobehavioral Lab

3 and 6 Months after Birth

  • Home Visit
    • Participant will be asked to complete activities with their baby in their home as well as complete a questionnaire packet
    • Research assistants will set up filming equipment in the home to record baby’s bedtime and nighttime sleep and provide instructions for a week-long assessment
  • Sleep Assessment (one week)
    • Participant will be instructed on how to use a motion watch on her baby’s ankle to measure movement and how to place a heart rate monitor on her baby at bedtime
    • Participant will receive daily phone calls (about 5 minutes) asking about infant’s sleep the night before

9 Months after Birth

  • Participant will complete questionnaires online or through the mail

Information for Participants

Who is eligible to participate?

We are looking for African-American mothers in the Triangle area of North Carolina who:

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Will be giving birth to a single infant (not multiples)
How do I participate?

If you are interested in participating, please contact our research team by email at or call us at (919) 962-1538.

How long will my participation last?

Your participation will last about 6 months. Each of the data collections points will take about 60 to 90 minutes. The 3- and 6-month sleep observations will last for one week each.

Are there any costs for participating in this study?

No. You will not incur any costs as a result of your participation.

Will I be compensated for participating in this study?

Yes. You will receive $100 after completing each of the 3- and 6-month home visits and $15 for completing the 9-month questionnaires.

How will I benefit from participating in this study?

Besides compensation for your time, you and your child will not benefit personally from this study. However, the knowledge gained from this research study is expected to benefit society.

How many families will participate in this study?

Approximately 110 infant-mother pairs will participate in NAPS.

Interested in Participating?

Please fill out the form below, and we will contact you shortly with more information!