Effects of exercise training and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on sleep Apnea and Insomnia

Principle Investigator(s)

Dr. Jean-Philippe Gouin and Dr. Véronique Pépin

Affiliation (Lab/Department)

Department of Psychology / Department of Health, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology


The main goal of this study is to compare the efficacy of a cognitive-behavioral therapy combined with exercise training, compared to exercise training alone for the treatment of chronic insomnia among individuals with sleep apnea.

Participants will go through a series of assessments (overnights at the sleep lab, cognitive testing, cardiovascular health, exercise tests, blood draws, etc.) Participants will be divided into two groups. Overall, the first group will be going through 16 weeks of exercise training (three times a week; once at PERFORM center). The second group will first start with a relaxation training program for 8 weeks, and exercise training (three times a week; once at PERFORM center) as well as one on one cognitive behavioral therapy for the following 8 weeks.

About 30 to 40 participants per group will be necessary.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Diagnosis of sleep apnea
  • Insomnia symptoms for the past 6 months, at least three times a week
  • /being at least 18 years old
  • French or English speaking

Exclusion Criteria

  • Any other sleep disorder than Apnea and Insomnia
  • Psychotic disorder
  • Taking sleep medication regularly (possible to participate if wiling to stop)
  • Chronic medication conditions
    • Stroke
    • Heart problems (heart attack, heart failure, surgery of the heart or of the carotid arteries, pacemaker)
    • Diabetes
    • Cancer treatment in the last 2 years
    • Schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
    • Epilepsy
    • Neurological disease (e.g., multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, dementia)
    • Major surgery in the last 3 months
    • Alcohol or drug abuse
    • Other life situations
      • Being pregnant or breastfeeding



Contact Information

apnea.concordia@gmail.com; 514-848-2424 ext. 2284

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