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NFB is seeking testimonies from insomniacs:

Insomniacs Wanted

The Journal of Insomnia

Insomnia as a socio-economic phenomenon

1 project, 2 phases

Phase I – The Confessional Site

For the first phase of the project, a website is online at We’re asking insomniacs from all over the world to share their stories. The project is accepting submissions in English and French, and we hope to be able to paint a portrait of insomnia in North America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
People with insomnia are invited to respond to an online survey that has more than 80 questions. Obviously, we’re not expecting people to answer them all in one session! (Though if you’re awake in the middle of the night with nothing else to do…). Seriously though – users can save their answers and return to the questionnaire later. You can answer in writing using your keyboard, on video with your webcam, or by doodling on the site itself using your mouse.
All content will serve as part of the experience site, which is the second phase of the project.

Phase II – The Experience Site

The second phase of the project offers a portrait of people with chronic insomnia. Visitors to the site – both those who have insomnia and those who don’t – will see a series of profiles of people with insomnia. They can then pick one person and make an appointment with them to “experience insomnia.” It will either be day or night on the site depending on where visitors find themselves on the planet.
The Journal of Insomnia is a unique artistic and collaborative project, bringing together the stories and experiences gathered in Phase 1. The result is powerful and intimate – highlighting the experience of insomnia rather than its clinical treatment.
Since the user experience is marked by time, each site visitor will be associated with their time zone. The project will run 24/7 – round the clock and around the globe.


About Tore Nielsen

Researcher at University of Montreal and Director of Dream & Nightmare Laboratory
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