The field of sleep medicine and research is constantly evolving and changing as we learn more about the human body, mind, and how we sleep. There are hundreds of scientists across the country performing exciting research which they’re inviting you to be a part of! You can be a part of shaping sleep medicine in Canada by perusing the opportunities below.

Do you have narcolepsy or hypersomnia?
We are looking for patients for patients for a new study

With this study we hope to learn more about the causes and brain effects of idiopathic hypersomnia and narcolepsy.

Scaling-out Better Nights, Better Days
to help children and families go from surviving to thriving during COVID-19

Better Nights, Better Days is an evidence-based eHealth program to support parents of typically developing children ages 1-10 years old who experience sleeping problems including difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking too early.

The national team of investigators are conducting this study to understand if Better Nights, Better Days improves the sleep, mental health, wellbeing, and family resiliency in children and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic, and test how to scale-out the Better Nights, Better Days program to support families across Canada.

We are recruiting 1000 families of children who experience sleeping problems to test the clinical effectiveness of Better Nights, Better Days during COVID-19 and evaluate the implementation of the program to scale-out Better Nights, Better Days across Canada. There is no cost for families to participate.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Parent of a child is between the ages of 1 and 10 years old
  • Family resides in Canada
  • Parent has regular access to high-speed internet and email
  • Parent can read, write, and understand English
  • Child experiences behavioural sleep difficulties (i.e., problems falling asleep or falling asleep independently; problems following bedtime routines or bedtime resistance; problems staying asleep)

Please share this information with families who you feel may benefit from participating.

Downloadable material available, please share, share, share!

The following infographic is available in JPG, in PDF or in a format adapted to be posted on a billboard.

Contact Information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/betternightsdays/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/betternightsday
Email: bnbd.participate@dal.ca
Website: https://betternightsbetterdays.ca/covid-19b

This study is being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant: COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Service Needs and Delivery, led by Dr. Penny Corkum (Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre).

CIHR

Better Nights, Better Days (Youth) – Online Program to Improve your Sleep

The Corkum LABS at Dalhousie is offering an online program that has been designed to help adolescents learn more about their sleep and provide them with strategies that they can use to improve their sleep. The program was designed using a micro-learning concept, meaning that the information is provided in a flexible, engaging and “bite size” format.

We are conducting a Usability Study for this new intervention and are recruiting 40 adolescents (20 adolescents without chronic pain and 20 adolescents with chronic pain) to participate. Participation would require a 5-7 week commitment to use this new program and provide feedback to us about their experience with the program.

The eligibility criteria are:

  • Ages 14-18 years
  • Experience sleep problems (i.e., difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep and waking too early)
  • No diagnosed medical or mental health disorders
  • Access to internet/email
  • Enrolled in Canadian Jr. High/High school
  • Can understand and speak English
  • For the pain group: recurrent pain (1/week for at least 3 months) not due to an underlying condition

For more information, see the project flyers:

Project Flyer – Insomnia
Project Flyer – Pain

Take the survey to see if you meet the eligibility criteria.
For questions, contact bnbd-youth@dal.ca.

Sleep Apnea Care in Canada: A Patient Survey / La prise en charge de l’apnée du sommeil au Canada: un sondage auprès des patients

Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea?

You are invited to participate in a UBC study, “Sleep Apnea Care in Canada: A Patient Survey”.
This study is led by Dr. Nick Bansback (University of British Columbia) and Dr. Sachin Pendharkar (University of Calgary) and funded by the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network.

We aim:

  • To see how health service delivery and costs for sleep apnea differ regionally; and
  • To identify barriers to optimal sleep apnea diagnosis and management in Canada.

This 20-minute online survey will ask you a series of questions about how you were diagnosed with sleep apnea, the treatments you have tried, the health care providers involved in your care, as well as the impact of sleep apnea on driving and at work. The information obtained from this study will be used to inform policymakers to make better decisions about the care for patients with sleep apnea.

If you are interested in participating, click here to access the survey.

If you have questions about the study, please contact:
Dr. Nick Bansback, nick.bansback@ubc.ca; 604-827-5453
Dr. Sachin Pendharkar, sachin.pendharkar@ucalgary.ca; 403-210-3904

Better Nights, Better Days – Insomnia intervention for children with previously treated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

We need your help to evaluate an insomnia intervention for children with previously treated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)!
Your participation would involve completing an online program and providing feedback over a 6-8 week period.
You will receive $30 compensation for your help with this study.

You may be eligible if:

  1. You are a parent of a child with current insomnia
  2. Your child has been treated for OSA with surgical removal of the adenoids and/or tonsils
  3. Your child underwent the adenoid or tonsil surgery when he/she was 3-8 years old

For more information, see more information about the study.

If you and your child meet this criteria, please contact the study investigators for more information atbnbdosa@dal.ca.
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This study is being conducted from Dalhousie University in Dr. Penny Corkum’s sleep lab.

Sleep Spindle Crowdsourcing Project

Help Sleep Science!

We would like to invite you to participate in our sleep spindle crowdsourcing project. The purpose of this project is to create a high-quality library of spindles, so that we can better understand the biology of spindles, how they may be involved in disease, and to help engineers make better algorithms to find sleep spindles automatically. The dataset and any algorithms that are produced will be freely available.

We are recruiting trained sleep technologists who are willing to volunteer a small amount of time to score sleep spindles using an internet interface. The interface is designed to make the task easy, and it can be done from anywhere on a laptop or computer using your internet browser.

If you would like to participate, please go to:
www.modasleepscoring.com

You begin by registering, then there will be a short description of the interface, and then you can get started!