Sound Sleep: An Ignored Importance?
As a University of Chicago medical student, William C. Dement stumbled into a research career that would eventually make him one of the world's foremost experts on sleep. But at the time -- the mid-1950s -- most scientists had doubts when the young researcher announced that our brains are active through the night.
Over the years, Dr. Dement's persistence and scholarship won over skeptics -- and launched today's science of sleep research.
By tracking brain wave activity and eye movements, he discovered rapid eye movement (REM) and mapped the architecture of sleep, learning that we pass through a consistent set of stages during our night's rest.
In 1963, Dr. Dement became a professor of psychiatry at California's Stanford University. By 1970 he had set up the world's first sleep disorders clinic, where patients stayed overnight while doctors monitored their slumber. The result: groundbreaking insights into disorders such as narcolepsy, insomnia an ...more
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