Hacking your sleep

University of Montreal,
The Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine

Antonio Zadra, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Montreal, director of the department’s Dream Research Laboratory, and researcher at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur’s Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine. Drawing on a variety of research tools and approaches, Zadra has published over 100 scientific articles and book chapters on sleep and dreams, including on recurrent dreams, lucid dreams, everyday dreams, typical dreams, and nightmares. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets including Psychology TodayThe ScientistSlateThe New YorkerThe AtlanticThe GuardianBloombergLe Figaro and Le Monde and has been featured in several documentary productions including the CBC’s The Nature of Things and PBS Nova.  

Zadra is the co-author of When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep which offers a neuroscientific exploration of what dreams are, where they come from, what they mean, and why we have them, and the author of The Dreamkeepers, a novel blending sleep science with dream mythology. His current research centres on how dreams are impacted by daytime experiences and emotional well-being, on the pathophysiology and treatment of dream-related disorders, on the relation between dreams and cinema, and on the adaptive functions of dreams.