Shuffle Your Thoughts to Sleep…

mySleepButton is an app designed to help you fall asleep. It’s based on our contribution to cognitive science. Just press the “Put Me to Sleep” button, close your eyes, and imagine the various things mySleepButton reads to you as you fall asleep.


Sleep-onset Reimagined

It’s much easier to fall asleep when:

  1. you keep your mind off the kind of thinking that keeps you awake,
  2. your mind wanders from one “random” image to another.

mySleepButton is designed to put your mind in this sleep-inducing state.

All you need to do is:

  • press the “Put Me to Sleep” button, and
  • imagine the diverse things mentioned by the app.

This will keep your mind off your concerns and into a state that is wonderfully conducive to sleep…

It’s that simple.

mySleepButton Home Screen
mySleepButton Home Screen

Let your Imagination Lull You to Sleep

Adults live in a very “left-brain” world dominated by language and thinking. Young children in contrast spend a lot of time imagining and playing. Of course, adults look at a lot of images — videos, TV, film, photos and logos. But they tend to do so passively, and usually with lots of chatter (whether it’s vocal or not).

Sleep researchers have found that as people fall asleep, they often experience visual images and “micro-dreams”. The diverse images people imagine may help them fall asleep.

In contrast, continuing to think in a verbal, analytic, problem-solving mode can delay sleep onset.

mySleepButton helps you replace your internal mental dialog with a dreamy parade of sundry images that might be more conducive to sleep.

Choose What You Imagine (mySleepButton Pack)

mySleepButton gives you the choice between several different kinds of things to imagine, each in its own mySleepButton Pack:

  • Simple Things (single words or short phrases),
  • Scenes (multi-word phrases, e.g., “Bird on a branch”), and
  • Things to Draw.
mySleepButton modes
mySleepButton modes

Play to Sleep

Many busy people are not only sleep deprived, they’re play deprived. As Dr. Stuart Brown, author of the book, Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, says:

a highly playful child or adult is not going to be depressed. It’s a signal of good emotional health. And conversely, the lack of play and the downer which that evokes in most of us is smoldering depression. […] the evidence is so solid that if you do incorporate healthy play into your life your performance is going to be better, your health is going to be better, your relationships are going to better.

Dr. Stuart Brown

mySleepButton is a playful app.

There is even a game-like way of using the principles leveraged by mySleepButton: Do-It-Yourself Cognitive Shuffle.

Be an Artist: Imagine Drawing to Sleep

Not only do people not play enough, or imagine enough, they don’t draw enough either. Well, who would have thought that a sleep app could also let you draw?

When you choose the “Things to Draw” mySleepButton pack, the app names things to imagine yourself drawing, one at a time. Fortunately, drawing in your head is a lot easier than drawing on paper. Just imagine yourself easily drawing the item!

Will imagining yourself drawing help you draw during the day? Many psychologists believe visualization does help performance. For example, as a way to practice, some professional hockey players imagine themselves scoring. Find out if it works for you!



We’ve received a lot of positive feedback about mySleepButton. For example…

Testimonial: "this shuffle business does exactly what it says" (Penny in UK)

What an excellent app this is. I have come to rely on it, for sure. After years of using music, which has mixed success, this shuffle business does exactly what it says on the tin.

Sometimes it fails to engage me and now I know that I must breathe and release my inner thoughts and let the sleep app take dominance.

Penny in United Kingdom

Testimonials from Jan 6, 2018

Testimonials from (2018-01-06)


The app works, like magic. Anytime I have trouble with my mind keeping me awake, this app is the cure. Support is great; I reported an issue on a version of Android and they were friendly and helpful. Now fixed! The cost is trivial for the incredible value it offers. Highly recommended.


App works great. I fell asleep way faster than I would normally and was far more productive the day after. 10/10 would recommend.


This app was recommended to me by my doctor. I was somewhat skeptical but decided to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised that it actually works to put me to sleep. Great app.


This app is awesome. It really helps me go to sleep quickly. The latest update works well on my Galaxy3.

Testimonial: "I downloaded your app and our lives changed for the better!"

No method for falling asleep, including serial diverse imagining, works for everyone. There's always more R&D to do on this subject, and we keep on doing it. Stay tuned for some major, exciting developments about our R&D, including mySleepButton, in Dec and in 2018!

We receive a lot of positive feedback about mySleepButton, and are very pleased about our ongoing research programme. We received the following testimonial recently from Scott S of BC (Canada).

I'm emailing to say thank you.

My son is three years old. He's had problems falling asleep. Some nights he was up late and was grumpy the next day. In fact I'd be grumpy too because my night consisted of tucking him and snuggling him over and over for hours.

Then I downloaded your app and our lives changed for the better!

We've been using My Sleep Button for months as part of our bedtime routine for him. He even asks for “visualization” each night as the last thing we do together.

I personally enjoy a little nap with him at bedtime as I too fall asleep to the sound of “visualization”.

Thank you for not only helping our son fall asleep but also for helping our family have a positive bedtime routine.

If you ever choose to make swag, t shirts or PJs etc, please let me know. It would be so cool to put on our My Sleep Button clothes before bed with our son.

We started using the app in early 2017. It's nearly been a year.

We've been using the Simple Things pack but recently downloaded the kids' pack and have been using that.

Keep up the great work!
You've made a huge difference in our family!

Scott S from B.C.

For more information about the children's pack, please see Kids Pack: The Cognitive Shuffle and Children's Sleep. Notice that this parent was with the child. Some parents liken this to reading a bedtime story. It is also possible to broadcast mySleepButton to a wireless speaker, which ensures that the mobile device (smartphone or tablet) is not in the same bedroom as the person trying to fall asleep, sleep guidelines discourage leaving mobile devices with children at bedtime.

Recognition at FRSAC2017

At the 3rd annual First Responders Suicide Awareness conference, Dr. Patrick Baillie recommended mySleepButton as a useful tool.  As noted by Cst. Jeremy Shaw, sleep disorders among first responders are a big issue.

We are truly grateful that we can help so many, including first responders, with their sleep struggles.

Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian 2017-09-08

My top recommendation remains the visualisation method known as the “cognitive shuffle”: download the MySleepButton app, or just choose a letter of the alphabet and sequentially imagine objects beginning with that letter.

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How Does mySleepButton Compare to Other Sleep Apps?

mySleepButton uses a radically different approach to induce sleep than the other apps on the market.

  • mySleepButton is based on theories about sleep, moods, emotion, motivation, consciousness, AI and more.
  • mySleepButton leverages the new cognitive shuffle / somnolent mentation framework proposed by CogSci Apps Corp. co-founder, Dr. Luc Beaudoin.
  • mySleepButton is meant to improve upon the well-researched (monotonous) “imagery training” method.
  • mySleepButton gets you to serially imagine diverse things.
  • mySleepButton is extremely simple.
  • mySleepButton is laser-focused on sleep onset; it does not require that you enter personal data or delve into psychological issues.
  • mySleepButton has an option to imagine yourself drawing items, which can also induce sleep (and is fun!).
  • mySleepButton even has a DIY variant.
  • mySleepButton code is also used in a tool available only for sleep researchers, meaning that it contributes to scientific knowledge.
  • mySleepButton is designed to help us continuously improve our understanding of sleep onset and to improve the app itself.
  • We have a backlog of new CogSci Apps™ features and enhancements to mySleepButton in the works; they are gradually being introduced in product updates.
  • mySleepButton deliberately involves a form of play; it’s fun!

mySleepButton is free to try on iOS, and less than $5 on Google Play (prices vary by jurisdiction). If you find it helpful, please consider purchasing one or more of the Full mySleepButton packs from the Packs tab. The packs give you more content to imagine. Developing a better cognitive sleep aid that does not involve medication has been a major objective of sleep research for a long time. Your purchase will help fund our Research & Development to make this app even better. Because mySleepButton is also part of a scientific project, you are also supporting the development of a scientific tool. Hence you are supporting sleep research and cognitive science. This inexpensive app has the potential to help millions of people. Please also consider letting others know about mySleepButton.

CogSci Apps™ software is designed to work with the human mind. Although mySleepButton is fun, we take cognitive science very seriously. Compare Luc Beaudoin’s book, Cognitive Productivity: The Art and Science of Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective.

Somnolent Information-processing Theory of Sleep-onset

mySleepButton is based on a recent theory about how the human sleep onset control system.

Here are the basic concepts and postulates.

  • Insomnolent mentation” is mentation that interferes with falling asleep.
  • Counter-insomnolent mentation” is mentation that interferes with insomnolent mentation (e.g., typical meditation and progress relaxation). That is what a lot of psychological techniques involve. But this is not always sufficient to push you over the edge into sleep!
  • Pro-somnolent mentation” is thinking in a manner that signals to your brain that it is time to fall asleep.
  • Whereas waking consciousness is characterized by a tendency to maintain a coherent awareness, while falling asleep thinking becomes less constrained by coherence, and the brain often produces micro-dreams, a cognitive shuffle.
  • Information-processing and experience that the brain tends uniquely to produce during sleep-onset is pro-somnolent. That means that the sleep onset control system contains a positive feedback loop.

If this is true, then other things being equal, if you can engage in mentation that is both counter-insomnolent and pro-somnolent, you are more likely to fall asleep. That is what mySleepButton is meant to facilitate:

  • Super-somnolent mentation = Counter-insomnolent + pro-somnolent mentation.

This theoretical framework is not meant to replace, but to augment, previous postulates about sleep-onset based on circadian and homeostatic sleep factors. The somnolent information-processing theory also contains other postulates that are meant to make sense of data about how “emotions” and motivation can affect sleep-onset latency.

The theory raises many exciting new empirical questions and possibilities that will need to be tested in and outside the lab. Some naturalistic studies have taken place on this theory, involving several Canadian universities. We have more planned. We hope this theory will spawn much more research.

Similarly, the theory is not meant to replace prior evidence-based recommendations, but to explain why they work when they do, and why they don’t when they don’t.

Meanwhile, the software is free to try, so you can find out for yourself if and when the techniques are helpful.

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There is more to the theory than described above. You can read about it here and in the documents linked from here.


So, give mySleepButton a try. And let your family and friends know through Twitter, Facebook, email or other social media that they can shuffle their thoughts to sleep with mySleepButton.