I'm Kevin, and I'm the voice and pen behind much of the content on EYSD.
The majority of the content on this site is student-created. You can learn more about this method here.
There are a lot of cogs and gears whirring on this site. For more about all the people behind them, visit this page.
To learn more about me in general, or to check out my other projects, feel free to access my personal site at KevinMorton.me.
I created this site in honor of Dr. William Dement's 40th anniversary teaching the renowned Sleep and Dreams class at Stanford University. Dr. Dement has been my teacher for the last three years at Stanford, and an inspiration to me for what he has done to promote sleep health awareness in his lifetime. It is my wish that this site serve as a continuation of his efforts, taking his decades of research and evangelism to the Internet audience in a fun and interactive way.
After taking Dr. Dement's Sleep and Dreams class in early 2009, I served as one of Dr. Dement's Teaching Assistants in 2010, before taking over as Head Teaching Assistant for the 2011 and 2012 school years. In addition to writing a large amount of the content on this site, I also run the web design and oversee the organization and publishing of the other student-created contributions, which you can read about below.
If you've arrived at this section after clicking the name of an author on any given article on our site, that means the author of that article is a current or former Stanford Sleep and Dreams student.
Sleep and Dreams is a long-running class at Stanford University that was founded at around the birth of the field of sleep medicine. The man responsible for the class is Dr. William Dement, now known as the father of sleep medicine. Dr. Dement still teaches the course, which has been among the most popular classes in the history of the university. Sleep and Dreams celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011.
The vast majority of content throughout EYSD is student-created, with the idea that articles, movies, games, and such about scientific subjects that can tend to be dense or jargon-filled on occasion, will be more fun and accessible when created by young people who have just recently been engaged in learning about the subject themselves. (More about this method here.)
And that's what this site is about: making sleep science fun and accessible so everyone who wants to can take control of their own sleep health, strategically.
Of course, this student-driven approach naturally has its drawbacks as well, namely with regards to the experience of the authors. While we are very careful in checking the accuracy of the information we publish on this site, and have a board of faculty and sleep professionals to oversee our work when they are able, we recognize that it is entirely possible for some errors to slip through the cracks.
If you notice any, or are compelled to critique any information published on this site, please let us know so we can continue to improve our content. You can leave a comment on the appropriate page, if applicable, or contact us via email.
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.
A revolution in personal sleep tracking, the Zeo is a wireless headband that transmits your brainwaves in realtime to a dock (pictured here) or your smartphone. The result? You can wake up and see exactly what stages of sleep you were in during the night! Unprecedented personalized sleep knowledge.
Ever woken up paralyzed? A surprising number of us have, believe it or not. But few know the actual causes of this phenomenon, and fewer still how to exert control over it. Dream researcher and sleep paralysis expert Ryan Hurd shares breakthrough insights into how to do just that.
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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