If the answer is yes, as it is for many people, then the next practical question is: What's the best way to END your sleep deprivation so you can live your life at its fullest alertness potential?
We think the answer starts with knowledge.
Our philosophy is that by learning a bit of the science behind how sleep and alertness work in your body, you can begin to make strategic sleep and alertness decisions that will have BIG impacts on how you feel during the day and night.
At EYSD we aim to make sleep science fun and accessible. We leave the technical academic speak at home and focus instead on practical communication, whether that be through engaging articles, interviews, videos, images, stories, or games.
Most of the content on this site is created by energetic students in a class known for having a little bit of fun--Dr. Dement's Stanford Sleep and Dreams, where falling asleep in class gets you extra credit (really, it's not an urban legend), but only after you've been woken up by a squirt gun and yelled the class mantra, "Drowsiness is red alert!!"
The result is a blend of entertaining and accessible information that we hope will help you to feel empowered to take command of your sleep and alertness.
Take the next steps towards ending your sleep deprivation by reading the brief but useful Sleep Essentials Mini Guide--short articles that get straight to the important stuff you'll want to know before digging deeper--or click through to any of our detailed info guides to individual sleep disorders
There's a lot to be lost or gained depending on your sleep health. Not only is one-third of our lives occupied by sleep, but the other two-thirds are largely dependent on it.
But we don't always think of sleep as such a cornerstone to our healthy existence. Why is that? Let's put some perspective on the place sleep has in society by looking at the cornerstones most of us do recognize at once.
Nearly everyone knows that good nutrition and regular exercise are key ingredients to a healthy, happy life. We get the importance of each hammered into us from a very young age, typically from both school and home.
However, nutrition and exercise are not the only foundational elements of well-being. Without healthy sleep, an aspect much less thought about on anything beyond a basic level, overall health is utterly compromised as good nutrition and exercise are much harder to achieve in a meaningful way. And thus sleep, as a third element, completes the triumvirate of health.
The triumvirate of health is the ultimate lifetime philosophy of well-being. A person who behaves according to its three principles--good nutrition, physical fitness, and healthy sleep--is well on their way to optimized health, energy, and longevity. Unfortunately though, knowledge about sleep is not very widespread in society, and few people really know how to react when their sleep health runs into problems.
But this is not due to the fact that the information to deal with sleep problems is unknown. A great deal of knowledge about sleep mechanisms, sleep deprivation, and sleep disorders has been accumulated in the last handful of decades, but the general public remains largely in the dark about it.
There's a substantial education gap between sleep scientists and society. But it does not have to be that way for you personally. You can take charge of your knowledge and be strategic about your sleep health, just like you can be strategic about your nutrition and exercise.
To emphasize the size of the education gap, we can examine a 2008 Stanford survey attempting to gauge people's prior exposure to knowledge about the three aspects of the triumvirate of health, which showed the following results:
Percentage of those surveyed who had been exposed to knowledge about the importance of:
Apparently, saying the gap in knowledge is substantial is a huge understatement.
The formal educational structures may not be fully in place yet, but that is even more testament to the importance of a quality resource to learn about practical sleep knowledge, and that is exactly what we hope to offer you here.
So dig in to our material, wave goodbye to your sleep deprivation, and say hello to a healthier and livelier you.
Take the next steps towards ending your sleep deprivation by reading the brief but useful Sleep Essentials Mini Guide--short articles that get straight to the important stuff you'll want to know before digging deeper.
Let's face it, Facebook is a website that makes sleep deprivation that much easier. Ever browse it late at night? Well now you can at least turn Facebook into a tool that gives you more resources to ameliorate your sleep deprivation. Just "Like" End Your Sleep Deprivation's Page below and you'll be able to chat on our Wall and get some of our best new material occasionally in your News Feed.
Welcome! This site is continuously being created by students of Dr. William C. Dement's Sleep And Dreams course at Stanford University.
We made this site as a call to action for people all over the world to live healthier, happier, safer, and more productive lives by learning about their own sleep. We have faith that reading the information provided on this site will motivate you to be smart about your sleep deprivation and strategic about your alertness in order to live life to your fullest, most energetic potential.
In fact, we challenge you to do so! What do you say, are you up for the challenge?
Dr. Dement's pioneering textbook has been the core text for Sleep and Dreams since 1980, but it has just recently been made available to the wider public for the first time.
In it you'll find a more detailed account of the most important things you need to know about sleep, alertness, dreams, and sleep disorders. Studies, statistics, plus plenty of Dr. Dement's classic anecdotes painting the history of sleep medicine.
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The information found on this page and throughout this site is intended for general information purposes only. While it may prove useful and empowering, it is NOT intended as a substitute for the expertise and judgments of healthcare practitioners.
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