Testimonials

What our PATIENTS and Colleagues say

Nathan Gafuik

Senior Canadian Gymnast

Working with the Center for Sleep and Human Performance has been great for me as a Senior National Team athlete. I did not realize the importance of having a proper sleep plan. However, since I began following a sleep plan I could see an immediate improvement in my training and recovery. I have gained valuable knowledge and I have become very aware about how a structured sleep schedule is most beneficial to my training and recovery. It is also very beneficial that Dr. Samuels understands my unique needs as a high performance athlete. My needs are a little different and he addresses them and understands how to best formulate a plan to deal with my intensive training and travel schedule as well. Being involved with the center has been very important and a helpful improvement for my career.

Bryan Vila, Ph.D.

Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, PI Sleep & Performance Research Center, Washington State University – Spokane

[Dr. Samuels’] collaboration with the Calgary Police Service is the best example in the world for the many police agencies that are struggling with shift work, scheduling and officer health and safety issues. This is the first time that anyone has attempted to measure the impact of the tough hours police work on their performance by taking the rigor of laboratory methods into the field. Dr. Samuels and CPS are pioneering best practices for police officers across Canada and worldwide.

Matt Jordan, MSc

Master of Science Exercise Physiology, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Professional Trainer Canadian Sports Centre Calgary

As a consultant to many athletes ranging from development level to elite and professional one of the biggest hurdles is ensuring adequate recovery from training. Sleep is critical in the recovery process as this is the body's primary opportunity to repair and recover. However, many athletes are chronically sleep deprived or have issues with obtaining quality restorative sleep. I see this occurring on a regular basis from teenage athletes who aren't sleeping enough to elite athletes whose sleep patterns may be disrupted due to jet lag or training stress. Dealing with an athlete's sleep requires a professional who is trained not only in the physiology of sleep but who also understands the nuances of elite human performance. When it comes to sleep for high performance athletes, Dr. Samuels at the Centre for Sleep and Human Performance is the best I have seen. With his help several of my athletes have experienced huge improvements in performance, health and general well being. I would strongly recommend Dr. Samuels to any coach or athlete who is looking for ways to improve recovery and get more out of training.

CSHP patient

On sleep lab experience with Polysomnographic Technologist Delan Sharpe

This is the strangest thing I’ve ever had to do, but since I already feel better, I can’t complain.

CSHP patient

On CBTI with Dr. Rasmussen

Thank you so much. Being able to actually sleep again has given me my life back after years of suffering. Thank you.

CSHP patient

On what we did well RE: CBTI with Dr. Rasmussen

Talking through my issues and discussing how they were impacting me. Teaching me about better sleep hygiene, sleep windows and relaxation techniques.

CSHP patient

On CBTI with Dr. Rasmussen

I’m so thankful that I came here – getting help with my insomnia has changed so much for me – much appreciated!

CSHP patient

On what we did well RE: CBTI with Dr. Rasmussen

Empowering. Tools given to understand why sleep disruption was happening. Non-judgemental.

CSHP patient

on CBTI with Dr. Rasmussen

Great experience. Open to come back if need be or situation changes.

CSHP patient

On experience with sleep physician Dr. Cohen

Excellent service and care. Consultations very informative and were organized.

CSHP patient

On what we did well RE: CBTI with Dr. Rasmussen

Excellent at working with a person as they are and making small, manageable, incremental changes. Very knowledgeable.

CSHP patient

On what we did well RE: 4 appointments with sleep physician Dr. Samuels & 2 overnight sleep studies

Explained all of my options at each step.

CSHP patient

On what we did well RE: CBTI with Dr. Rasmussen

The human to human aspect – sitting and talking, making it more personal. Feels more human, less statistical.

CSHP patient

On what we did well RE: CBTI with Dr. Rasmussen

Approach used was effective. Assisted me in recognizing contributing factors from childhood that were causing issues with my sleep, work & family.

CSHP patient

On what we did well RE: CBTI with Dr. Rasmussen

She was able to find what worked best for me and apply those techniques to me. Strategies shared, advice, assisting in creating a plan.

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