Gaelen Thomas Dickson

Music Psychology Expert (Researcher | Entrepreneur)

PhD UNSW | Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

I am a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales, specialising in the use of music as a sleep aid and primary author of "How Does Music Aid Sleep? Literature Review". I’ve combined music psychology research, and app development to build a world-first sleep app that composes relaxing music for sleep. My research interests include music for sleep, music for focus, music for relaxation and music for peak performance. I am keen to give actionable and evidence-based advice around using music as a tool to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals.

Research Interests

  - Music for Sleep

  - Music for Relaxation / Anxiety

  - Music for Study

  - Music for Peak Performance

Journal Articles

  • How Does Music Aid Sleep? Literature Review (Dickson, Schubert)
  • Self-reported reasons for listening to music for sleep (Dickson, Schubert)
  • Features of Successful and Unsuccessful Music for Sleep (Dickson, Schubert)
  • Music On Prescription to Aid Sleep (Dickson, Schubert)
  • Perception of Melodic Variation: Note Duration and Pitch Manipulation (Dickson, Schubert)

Can't Sleep App

Can’t Sleep was invented by Thomas Dickson, Australian expert in music and sleep psychology. The artificially intelligent music helps you sleep by distracting you from wakeful thoughts, calming your mood and relaxing your body. Simply choose your soundscape in the app, enjoy new relaxing music and you’ll wake up tomorrow having forgotten falling asleep. Try it now Free for 7-days and sleep better tonight!