Sleep Diabetes Study

Study Type


Study Purpose

The purpose of the Sleep Diabetes research study is to look at how sleeping at a "simulated" altitude will influence blood glucose levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. It is expected that blood glucose levels and the body's response to insulin will improve following 14 nights of sleeping at a simulated altitude.

About the Study

Altitude simulation (in a sleep tent) has been shown to improve how the body responds to insulin in obese individuals; however, there is limited knowledge about the effects of altitude on blood glucose and insulin responsiveness in people with type 2 diabetes.

The Sleep Diabetes study will measure blood glucose levels before and after 14 nights spent sleeping in an altitude simulation tent (~7500 ft., similar to altitude experienced while visiting ski resorts in Aspen, Colorado) to examine if sleeping at increased altitude improves blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity. This study takes place in the Outpatient Unit at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, at the Louisiana Sleep Foundation, and in your home.

Study Design

If you qualify for the study following 1 screening visit at Pennington Biomedical and 1 sleep screening overnight visit at the Louisiana Sleep Foundation, you will complete 3 additional study visits at Pennington Biomedical.
The following measurements will be collected at these visits:

  • Height, weight, vitals, and a health questionnaire
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Blood draw
  • Body composition
  • Oral glucose tolerance test (to measure insulin responsiveness to glucose)
All study materials and procedures will be provided at no cost to participants.

Study Qualifications

  • Age: 20-65 years old
  • BMI of less than 55 calculate your BMI
  • Non-smoker
  • You have type 2 diabetes and have been diagnosed within the last 15 years

Study Duration

14 days (following both screening visits)


Earn up to $350 for participation.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for the Sleep Diabetes study, click here to screen online, call 225-763-3000 or email

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.


Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
If you know someone who may be interested please direct them to the site or have them call us directly at 225-763-3000.


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