Perturbance: An Important Concept for Understanding “Racing Minds” and Other Forms of Repetitive Thinking

My colleagues and I recently published a paper that provides one of the essential concepts for understanding insomnia and a host of other constructive, banal, and problematic mental states. The concept is perturbance, which is a persistent tendency to consider affectively laden mental content — problems, issues, concerns, wishes, wants, desires, fears, yearnings, etc. Read more ›

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Preliminary Results of a Study Comparing The Cognitive Shuffle with Backward Counting (Like “Counting Sheep”)

Researchers at the University of Montreal will present a paper in Montreal comparing the cognitive shuffle with backward counting. This research was undertaken for several reasons, one of which is that insomnia research has to date assessed surprisingly few deliberate mentation strategies. For example, old techniques such as reading, listening to the radio, and the familiar backward counting technique (“counting sheep”) have had practically no experimental attention. And yet the sleep community does occasionally express opinions on these techniques, extrapolating from other findings and vague theories.

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Why You Shouldn’t Worry about Possible Associations Between Alzheimer’s and Insomnia

Scientific American recently published an article called Why Sleep Disorders May Precede Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
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Are the Recent Elections or Upcoming Holidays Interfering with your Sleep?

The recent general elections in the U.S.A. have stressed many people out. Whether the candidates they voted for (or for non-Americans, simply preferred) won in the recent elections or not, many people are reporting that they are feeling very anxious. Some feel that neither presidential candidate or major party is prepared to address their concerns (such as the economy, climate change, natural security, health care). The elections brought these issues to the fore. Many are having difficulty understanding the behavior of the candidates, the parties, and large swaths of the electorate.

Many are therefore reporting more difficulty than usual falling asleep.

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Anonymous Testimonial

Thanks guys. It has really helped me get to sleep at night!

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Travelling Guardian Reader, S.B. (Testimonial)

i first became aware of your technique from the guardian. i travel a lot and find it difficult some times to fall asleep. new city, new clients , old clients complaining etc etc. My biggest problem was getting to sleep early and then waking after a couple of hours of rest and not being able to get back to sleep.

so i tried a very uncomplicated version as explained in the Guardian article. i am amazed [at] its effectiveness. I have been using the technique (just choose a letter and think and visualise the object 3 to 4 seconds) repeat until asleep. now i barely get past the 3rd or 4th word. it as if the brain has said ” ahhh he is doing that thing again put him to sleep.)

 

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Announcing Another CogSci Apps™ Invention for Sleep: Personalized Affective Body Scan Pack in mySleepButton 1.4

We are delighted to announce another CogSci Apps™ Invention for your sleep, well-being and productivity, mySleepButton® 1.4 for iOS, which contains the world’s first personalized body scan meditation pack! Read more ›

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More Support for the Advantage of CBT for Treating Insomnia

On Wednesday of last week, the journal “SLEEP” published the “longest controlled follow-up of CBT-i thus far.” The report found that CBT-i (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia) “reduced use of sleep medications and other additional insomnia treatments, compared to a control treatment.”   Read more ›

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So You Couldn’t Fall Asleep or Get Back to Sleep the Other Night…

So there you were the other night, lying in bed trying to fall asleep. But perhaps sleep didn’t come easily to you… Maybe you woke up in the middle of the night and just couldn’t get back to sleep. How might you think (and feel) in order to facilitate sleep?
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CogSci Apps Corp. is Hiring

CogSci Apps Corp. intends to hire a Marketing Assistant. We also plan to hire a junior software developer who is proficient with X Code for iOS® and OS X® (MacOS®).

Please see our Opportunities page.

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