Interviews With Sleep Specialists
Insights Into the Worlds of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Business

Ever wondered what it was like to discover the narcolepsy gene? Or to be a doctor deciding daily whether to prescribe sleeping pills at night? Or to be a business owner trying to change for the better how one of the most deadly, widespread, and unrecognized disorders known to man is diagnosed and treated?

With this page we try to provide you with a bit of a lens into the work of sleep specialists. Through Q&A interviews conducted by Stanford Sleep and Dreams students, we hope these stories will prove insightful for you.

Scientists & Doctors

Interview with Dr. Emmanuel Mignot - Discoverer of the Narcolepsy Gene, Director of the Renowned Stanford Center On Narcolepsy

Interview with Dr. Kim Harvey - Recollections of the Stanford Sleep Camp - Undergraduate Assistant at the pioneering camp (late 1970s - early 1980s), current pediatrician at the Menlo Medical Clinic, Stanford Hospital

Interview with Dr. Shahriar Dadkhah - On Sleeping Pills - Director of Cardiology Research at Saint Francis Hospital

Business Owners

Interview with Robert Koenigsberg - Founder, CEO of SleepQuest, a company working on the accessibility of sleep apnea diagnoses


Interview with Shaun Phillips - Author of Dreaming, Stanford University alum.

Other Interviews

Living With Narcolepsy: An Interview - Julia, a student at Stanford University, discusses what it has been like growing up with narcolepsy and what she wishes the public would learn about the condition.

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About This Site

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?

The Stanford Sleep Book

Stanford Sleep Book Picture

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.

Preface | Intro | Contents | Get A Copy

More Sleep Resources

The Zeo

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.

Sleep Paralysis: A Dreamer's Guide

Sleep Paralysis Treatment Book

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.

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