About us


The Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network, the Canadian Sleep Society, Fondation Sommeil and Wake-up Narcolepsy Canada have joined forces to launch Dormez là-dessus – Sleep on it!, a bilingual Canadian campaign to promote the importance of sleep to maintain good health.

Julie Carrier, PhD
Scientific Director

Catherine Bourguinat, PhD, MPH
Executive Director

Mission and objectives

This awareness campaign aims to promote the importance of sleep to maintain good health, to demystify sleep difficulties, and to offer solutions to patients.

The objectives aim to :

1.Increase the awareness about sleep for the general public and decision makers by using scientifically valid and straight-forward messages:

  • Sleep is crucial for physical, emotional and cognitive health. To stay healthy, it is as important to sleep well as it is to eat well and be physically active.
  • There are many sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep apnea, sleepwalking, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and shift work sleep disorder. Fortunately, there are solutions for each one!

2. Create partnerships with a variety of stakeholders interested in further supporting health policy improvement associated with sleep management. 

This campaign will provide the population – including members of the public who suffer from sleep disorders – scientifically valid knowledge presented in a simple and original way.


Research and Writing

Catherine Lord, Immerscience:

  • What is sleep?
  • Age specific dos and don’ts
  • The Why and How of Dreams
  • Hypersomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Insomnia
  • REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD)
  • Periodic Leg/Limb Movement Disorder (DD) and Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
  • Night terrors
  • Sleepwalking

Catherine Lord, Robert Skomro, Najib Ayas and Fernanda Almeida

  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Catherine Lord and Maude Bouchard:

  • Why Sleep?
  • Sleep, a personal and evolving natural need

The Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network (CSCN), Reut Gruber from the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) and Immerscience:

  • 8 ways you can improve your sleep and get better grades
  • What normal sleep changes can be expected as you age?
  • Happy Sleep-Filled Holidays: The Best Gift Ever!
  • Winter is coming! Daylight Savings Time, Fall Back!

Roger Godbout, Joseph De Koninck, The Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network (CSCN), Reut Gruber from the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS), Immerscience, Catherine Bourguinat and Claudia Picard-Deland :

  • Winter is Coming! Now is the time to roll back the clocks!

Claudia Picard-Deland, Joseph De Koninck, Catherine Bourguinat, Melodee Mograss:

  • The Art and Science of Napping

Evelyne Touchette, The Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network (CSCN), Reut Gruber from the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS), Immerscience and Claudia Picard-Deland:

  • Eight ways you can improve your sleep and get better grades

Laurence Bertrand, Guido Simonelli, Anthony Levasseur, Alexie Kim, Marina Najar, Catherine Grenon, Salma Sahil, Yan Kestens, Grégory Moullec, for  COHESION’s team:

  • Sleep and Housing: Are we all in the same boat?

Karianne Dion, Dominique Petit, Mélanie Vendette:

  • 10 simple tips for better sleep

Pictures: Pixabay, Shutterstock, Pexel, Unsplash

Sleep/COVID-19 initiative:

Web contents and videos developed by (alphabetical order): Célyne Bastien, Catherine Bourguinat, Julie Carrier, Thien Thanh Dang-Vu, Joseph De Koninck, Karianne Dion, Agence Extension, Roger Godbout, Charles Morin, Dominique Petit, Rébecca Robillard, Valérie Viau

Video Announcers’ voices:  Neil Hedley (English)

Interviews with media by (alphabetical order): Célyne Bastien, Julie Carrier, Jean-Philippe Chaput, Penny Corkum, Thanh Dang Vu, Judith R. Davidson, Joseph De Koninck, Stuart Fogel, Roger Godbout, Reut Gruber, Tetyana Kendzerska, Judith Leech, Charles Morin, Brian James Murray, John Peever, Marie-Hélène Pennestri, Rebecca Robillard, Elizaveta Solomonova, Charles Samuels, Antonio Zadra

Pictures: Pixabay, Shutterstock, Pexel, Unsplash

Social media - website - content development:

The Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) and the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network (CSCN) Trainee* Task Force is a joint effort sponsored by both these organizations with the goal of developing opportunities and tools for trainees in the field of sleep, sleep disorder medicine and circadian rhythm. Some trainees from the CSS/CSCN Trainee Task Force are well implicated in the development of content for the social media and the website including Karianne Dion, Narges Kalantari, Florence Lambert-Beaudet, Xavier Michaud, Claudia Picard-Deland, Brooke Shafer, Nicholas van den Berg.

*Trainee=Student, Resident or Post-doc


Scientific Review of all the Website Content and Knowledge Mobilization Team:

The Canadian intelligentsia on sleep composed of researchers and patients of the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network (CSCN), the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS), Fondation Sommeil and Wake-up Narcolepsy Canada

Online programs:

  • To improve sleep in workers who work night shifts (Dre Marie Dumont)
  • For parents of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Better Nights Better Days)


  • Series on Sleep in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders by Better Nights Better Days

Website development:

Agence Extension, Catherine Bourguinat and Steven Riis-Christensen