Yesterday, on CogZest’s blog, Luc Beaudoin published some thoughts about the recent media attention to his sleep onset/insomnia R&D:

Meta-Media Responses to the Cognitive Shuffle: Much Ado about a Research Programme

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CogSci Apps benefits from its collaborations with several researchers. Some of our advisors are listed on the CogZest Advisory Board web page. In this post, we would like to acknowledge the contribution of Dr. Sylwia Hyniewska.

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All I can say is …. this is the answer to sleepless nights, when the hamster wheel is in overdrive. I feel like I haven’t slept for months, having a really tough time, waking up in the morning feeling exhausted. I heard a quick snip on CBC radio re: Serial Diverse Imaging, interest piqued for obvious reasons ! I down loaded the App last night, OMG – I was astonished. It worked, even though I woke up three times, each time putting mySleepButton back on, I fell right back to sleep. I want to say THANK you Dr.Beaudoin, and all the other scientists involved in coming up with this brilliant App.

(Testimonial from Marj on May 1, 2017.)

Read about the cognitive shuffle, mySleepButton and Luc Beaudoin on page 105 of May issue of Oprah Magazine (print only) “Good Night, Toast. —An easy little game to trick yourself to sleep” —an article by Kelly DiNardo.


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 ›

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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Scientific American recently published an article called Why Sleep Disorders May Precede Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
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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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Thanks guys. It has really helped me get to sleep at night!