Sleep Research Center

scientists examining sleep data, preparing samples, preparing study participant for sleep study, and setting up EEG

The WRAIR Sleep Research Center (SRC), part of the Behavioral Biology branch, is the Department of Defense's premier sleep research facility. WRAIR has conducted sleep studies since the 1950s to characterize the acute performance and physiological impacts of sleep loss. The SRC develops strategies (sleep banking) and technologies (sleep trackers) for monitoring, preventing, and reversing the harmful effects of sleep loss, stress, and fatigue to enhance Soldier operational judgment and decision-making. The sleep research suites offer the infrastructure to conduct sleep deprivation, sleep extension, and intervention studies 24 hours a day. Contact a recruiter to learn more about ongoing sleep studies looking for healthy volunteers!

Contact us about hosting a sleep study with us or a collaboration. A list of resources, fact sheets, checklists and more that have been contributed to or developed by the Sleep Research Center can be found here.

Recruiting Studies

This study is to determine if brief, relatively soft sounds presented to volunteers during a short sleep period of a few hours following sleep deprivation will improve recovery from the negative effects of sleep deprivation on attention. Please see study brochure for time requirements.

This study is to compare the effectiveness of two sleep-inducing medications in healthy volunteers.
This study is to determine if brain stimulation using weak electrical currents during sleep will result in more refreshing sleep and better alertness while awake.