Prescribing Laughter for Sleep and Wellbeing in UAE University Students

Can a Laughter Prescription Improve Psychological Health, Wellbeing, and Sleep in Zayed University Students?


Patrocinador principal: Zayed University

Fuente Zayed University
Resumen breve

This study is in line with the UAEs national drive to promote happiness and wellbeing. University students risk impaired psychological health, wellbeing, and sleep due to academic pressures. This research is the first to assess the feasibility of using a laughter prescription to improve psychological health and sleep in Zayed University students. Forty students will be recruited, and randomized to a control or laughter group.

Descripción detallada

The Laughie is a self created app or tool. It is a one minute recording of the user's joyful laughter on their smartphone. Once recorded, the user uses it by playing back the recording and laughing with it for the duration of the one minute. The Laughie acts as a prompt to guide the one minute of laughter.

In this research the experimental group each record their own Laughie, demonstrated and supported by the PI(s). They are then prescribed to laugh with their Laughie: 3x a day the first week (morning, lunch, and afternoon) and at least 2x a day during the second week. Immediately after using their Laughie they fill in a Laughie checklist to record whether they laughed for the full minute, whether they enjoyed their Laughie, and how they felt afterwards.

This study tracks sleep using wrist actigraphy in the control group (no Laughie prescription) and in the Laughie group. All participants complete one week baseline using sleep watches, and sleep diaries, prior to the Laughie intervention. They all then continue to track their sleep during the intervention. All participants complete WHO Five well-being, PSKI, and HADS pre and post intervention. During the intervention the Laughie participants complete Laughie checklists. All participants are invited for a final interview (the control group about the sleep equipment experience). A follow-up survey is sent to the Laughie group 2 months after their prescription.

Estado general Recruiting
Fecha de inicio September 26, 2019
Fecha de Terminación April 15, 2020
Fecha de finalización primaria March 15, 2020
Fase N/A
Tipo de estudio Interventional
Resultado primario
Medida Periodo de tiempo
Feasibility of two-week laughter prescription 6 months
Resultado secundario
Medida Periodo de tiempo
Assess if subjective sleep outcomes improve 6 months
Assess if objective sleep outcomes improve 6 months
Assess if overall well-being improves 6 months
Assess if specific aspects of wellbeing improve 6 months
Assess if mental health improves 6 months
Inscripción 40

Tipo de intervención: Other

Nombre de intervención: Laughie laughter prescription

Descripción: Creation of a Laughie; laughing with their Laughie 3x a day

Etiqueta de grupo de brazo: Experimental

Tipo de intervención: Device

Nombre de intervención: Sleep tracking equipment

Descripción: Tracking sleep using equipment



Inclusion Criteria: Registered Zayed University students, owner of a smartphone -

Exclusion Criteria: Chronic health conditions (cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes), deafness, non-English speakers


Género: Female

Edad mínima: 18 Years

Edad máxima: 50 Years

Voluntarios Saludables: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Contacto general

Apellido: Teresa Arora, PhD

Teléfono: +971 2 599 3160

Email: [email protected]

Instalaciones: Estado: Contacto: Zayed University Teresa Arora, PhD
Ubicacion Paises

United Arab Emirates

Fecha de verificación

October 2019

Fiesta responsable

Tipo: Sponsor

Palabras clave
Tiene acceso ampliado No
Número de brazos 2
Grupo de brazo

Etiqueta: Experimental

Tipo: Experimental

Descripción: One minute laughter prescription 3x a day Tracking sleep using equipment

Etiqueta: Control

Tipo: Active Comparator

Descripción: Tracking sleep using equipment

Datos del paciente No
Información de diseño del estudio

Asignación: Randomized

Modelo de intervención: Parallel Assignment

Propósito primario: Other

Enmascaramiento: None (Open Label)