Cognition: A sequence of words to avoid mental rumination

Falling asleep quickly and efficiently is a key parameter of a good night’s sleep. In “bad” sleepers, it is often precisely this stage of sleep onset that causes a problem. An overly stimulating sleep environment, the brain that cannot stop ruminating. The time between bedtime and sleep gets longer, longer… It’s initial insomnia.

The creation of dedicated audio programs

To reduce that sleep onset time, Dreem has used years of sleep research to create dedicated audio programs. They will help you relax and fall asleep quicker. Dreem offers to distract you with random words to free you from the stress accumulated during your day.

Rumination is one of the major causes of difficulty to fall asleep.

Whether you focus on the fact that you are unable to fall asleep, whether you are mentally replaying the tense discussion with your supervisor or repeating for the umpteenth time the estimate of a home loan, your brain is too busy to let you sleep. In addition, cognitive hyperexcitation due to stress, whether acute or chronic, increases the time spent trying to find sleep and actively trying to fall asleep becomes counterproductive. These thoughts, consistent and often stressful, interfere with the processes of falling asleep. The train of your thoughts is distracted by a demanding cognitive task to balance the bad thoughts that prevent sleep. Falling asleep can then occur more quickly (Beaudoin, 2014). In this perspective, Dreem has developed a “super-somnolent mentation” feature, which will both prevent you from returning to your ruminations and be with you in the process of sleep onset.

The principle of the technique of Cognition is to stay focused on a sequence of words played by your headband.

 

What does the technique of Cognition consist of?

You will be invited to focus on the words that will be proposed to you, every few seconds, to imagine them, to visualize them. As the proposals progress, they explore other lexical fields randomly. Concentrated on their mental representation, you have no room for rumination. Your thinking gradually loses its coherence and your level of stress diminishes until completely disappearing. This is the signal to your brain that you are falling asleep, triggering biological processes that lead to falling asleep.

When the brain activity of the user shows that he begins to fall asleep and his attention diminishes, the words are spaced out. Plus, the sound volume decreases until completely extinguished once asleep.

Activating Cognition in the app

Select the right mode for you between Relaxation, Sleep and Nap.

 1. Once you've selected your mode, select Cognition among the Relaxation exercices available. 

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2. Finally select the ambiance you would like to add.

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What does the technique of Cognition consist of?

You will be invited to focus on the words that will be proposed to you, every few seconds, to imagine them, to visualize them. As the proposals progress, they explore other lexical fields randomly. Concentrated on their mental representation, you have no room for rumination. Your thinking gradually loses its coherence and your level of stress diminishes until completely disappearing. This is the signal to your brain that you are falling asleep, triggering biological processes that lead to falling asleep.

When the brain activity of the user shows that he begins to fall asleep and his attention diminishes, the words are spaced out. Plus, the sound volume decreases until completely extinguished once asleep.

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