Sleep Research Laboratory

Concordia University, Montréal, Québec
What the facility does

Research on human sleep and circadian rhythms. 

Area(s) 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

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment in use

Description of function

Sleep Lab A

PSG equipment (wireless SOMNOscreen™ plus, BrainVision® high-density EEG for sleep); video cameras with microphone

Furnished bedroom with a single bed, closet, recliner chair, desk and chair, as well as a sink, for sleep assessment.

Sleep Lab B

PSG equipment (wireless SOMNOscreen™ plus, BrainVision® high-density EEG for sleep); video cameras with microphone

Furnished bedroom with a single bed, closet, recliner chair, desk and chair, as well as a sink, for sleep assessment.

Sleep Lab C

PSG equipment (wireless SOMNOscreen™ plus); video cameras with microphone

Furnished bedroom with a single bed, closet, recliner chair, desk and chair, as well as a sink, for sleep assessment.

Control Room

Four computers for data monitoring and acquisition

A monitoring room with a set-up area and computers for monitoring each bedroom.

Consultation Room

Computer, fridge for storage of biological samples, general clinical examination equipment

Examination and interview room for research participants

Multifunctional Room

Two computers for data analysis

Room for data analysis, space for work meetings, storage space 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)

Title

URL

PERFORM Centre website

http://www.concordia.ca/research/perform.html

Le Devoir: Vaincre l’insomnie, c’est possible. (February 21st, 2015)

http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/science-et-technologie/432188/vaincre-l-insomnie-c-est-possible

Notre Santé: Troubles du sommeil: Lourds de consequences. (June 19th, 2015)

http://notresante.ca/troubles-du-sommeil-lourds-de-consequences/

 

 

Neurology Central: Exploring sleep: Interview with Thanh Dang-Vu.

http://www.neurology-central.com/2015/08/25/exploring-sleep-interview-with-thanh-dang-vu/

Montreal Gazette: Getting a good night’s sleep in old age. (November 6th, 2015)

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/aging-well/getting-a-good-nights-sleep-in-old-age?__lsa=55b9-247f

L’actualité: Insomnie quand tu nous tiens. (September 19th, 2016)

http://www.lactualite.com/sante-et-science/insomnie-quand-tu-nous-tiens/

Télé-Québec: Une pilule, une petite granule, (September 2014)

http://pilule.telequebec.tv/occurrence.aspx?id=1236

TVA nouvelles: Les ondes cérébrales permettent de prédire les risques d'insomnie (March 2015)

http://www.tvanouvelles.ca/2015/03/11/les-ondes-cerebrales-permettent-de-predire-les-risques-dinsomnie

CBC Radio One: The Current: Interview about insomnia. (May 29th, 2015)

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-may-29-2015-1.3092437/insomnia-is-pervasive-and-changing-the-way-we-live-says-rm-vaughn-1.3092486

Radio-Canada Première: Les éclaireurs: Le sommeil, une question de qualité et non de quantité (February 6th, 2016 )

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/les-eclaireurs/saison-2014-2015-les-eclaireurs/segments/entrevue/5183/insomnie-sommeil-neurologue-thanh-dang-vu