Concordia University, Montréal, Québec
What the facility does

Research on human sleep and circadian rhythms

Areas of expertise

The Sleep Research Laboratory at Concordia University’s PERFORM Centre is equipped with state-of-the art equipment and facilities for conducting overnight and long-term sleep studies, as well as daytime nap studies. Also referred to as polysomnography/PSG, a sleep study is a non-invasive way to monitor what is happening in the brain while an individual is asleep, by means of electroencephalography/EEG and a variety of other tools. An EEG detects and records brain waves during the various sleep stages and alternating sleep cycles. Simultaneously, the lab measures eye movement, oxygen level, heart rate, breathing rate, body movement, and muscle movement over time, using non-invasive technologies, while researchers use audio-video equipment to monitor sleep and wake behaviours. Research activities in this laboratory include investigation of brain activity and health consequences associated with sleep disorders, the role sleep plays in cognition and memory, and the impacts on sleep of such interventions as cognitive-behavioural therapy and physical activity. Integration of the Sleep Research Laboratory within the PERFORM Centre provides a unique opportunity for researchers to combine sleep assessments with the wide array of other on-site interventions and measurements that PERFORM offers, such as medical imaging, nutrition and physical activity. 

Research services

Overnight sleep studies (polysomnography/PSG); daytime sleep and activity studies (PSG and electroencephalography/EEG); heart rate and electrocardiographic/ECG studies with distribution over sleep periods; sleep respiratory studies (for assessment and quantification of sleep-related breathing disturbances); audio-video recording of sleep/wake behaviour; actigraphy for motion and sleep/wake measurements over extended periods.

Sectors of application
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Specialized Lab



Sleep Labs A, B and C

Wireless SOMNOscreen™ plus (3)

Polysomnography (PSG) equipment for sleep studies


BrainVision® high-density EEG (2)

Polysomnography (PSG) equipment for sleep studies


Video cameras with microphones

Polysomnography (PSG) equipment for sleep studies

  Furnished bedroom (3) Each bedroom has a single bed, closet, recliner chair, desk and chair, as well as a sink, for sleep assessment.

Control Room

Computers (4)

Monitoring room with a set-up area and computers for monitoring each bedroom (data monitoring and acquisition). 

Consultation Room

General clinical examination equipment

Examination and interview room for research participants

  Fridge For storage of biological samples

Multifunctional Room

Computers (2)

For data analysis, meetings, and storage for equipment

  • PERFORM Centre / Concordia University
  • Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology / Concordia University
  • Centre de recherche de l’institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM)




Sleep, Cognition and Neuroimaging Laboratory (SCNLab)
Sleep night moves
Workout or pass out

Conquering insomnia is possible

Sleep Disorders: Heavy on Consequences

Getting a good night’s sleep in old age

When insomnia has a hold on you

Brain waves predict risk of insomnia

Insomnia is pervasive and changing the way we live

Sleep is a matter of quality, not quantity

Thanh Dang-Vu, Professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Sleep, Neuroimaging and Cognitive Health, Centre for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology