Recently over at the Mac Power Users, someone asked whether it was worth trying to track sleep with Apple Watch apps. Another poster (“Rob”) asked whether consumer EEG devices (like Dreem) are any better. I provide some opinions (but no advice).

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The poster and abstract for our first contribution to the 2019 World Sleep Congress, Towards an integrative design-oriented theory of sleep-onset and insomnolence from which a new cognitive treatment for insomnolence (serial diverse kinesthetic imagining, a form of cognitive shuffling) is proposed… ,  are now available from SFU Summit: Item 18922. This is the first of three posters my colleagues and I will present there. This one I will present on Sunday, 2019-09-22. Read more ›

Dr. Luc Beaudoin, was interviewed by Monique Polloni @ Radio-Canada (BC and Yukon). He discussed insomnolence and perturbance, which are two of his scientific (technical) neologisms and concepts at the heart of his R&D on “insomnia” and “emotions”.

The interview was conducted in French. You can listen to it here: Comment lutter contre l’insomnie? (Boulevard du Pacifique).
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CogSci Apps co-founder and inventor of the cognitive shuffle, Dr. Luc P. Beaudoin, continues his collaborative research on sleep onset and insomnolence. He and his colleagues at Université Laval, Université de Montréal, and Concordia will present the following three posters that all pertain to these topics. They present updates on:

  1. The somnolent information processing theory (on which the current and an upcoming new version of the cognitive shuffle are based).
  2. A systematic review of pre-sleep mentation. (The cognitive shuffle is based on a theory of pre-sleep information processing).
  3. A reflective examination of a recent empirical research project of Beaudoin and colleagues on insomnolence.

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Luc will be interviewed live on Radio-Canada (CBC Radio French), broadcast throughout Western Canada on Saturday morning at 8:25 AM Pacific. But if you do sleep in you can catch the interview later on podcast or the Radio-Canada website.

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I was interviewed about sleep by Ryan Takagi, Simon Fraser University Rowing Coach, who specializes in athletic wellness & performance. Here’s the podcast episode link:

My conversation with Professor Luc Beaudoin on sleep

At CogZest, I blogged about my New Co-authored Papers Submitted for Publication and Update on My Upcoming Books.

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A claim my co-authors and I make in an upcoming paper on sleep onset and insomnia is that perturbant emotion causes insomnolence. This is not to say that perturbance is the sole cause of insomnolence. In fact, our theory proposes five postulates about the evolutionary design of the human sleep onset control system. One of the postulates pertains to perturbance. Read more ›

Book by Dr. Matthew Walker

Book by Dr. Matthew Walker

Over the last several months, I’ve been too busy doing research and development —including on sleep onset and insomnia —, writing papers, and managing a new product launch, to contribute much to this blog. But the work we are doing will have major benefits for mySleepButton. I wish I could spill the beans, but first things must come first. Meanwhile, I would like to draw your attention to an excellent new research-based book on sleep by Dr. Matthew Walker called Why We Sleep.

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