The year 2010 marked the 40th anniversary of the Sleep and Dreams course at Stanford University. Over those years, our teacher, Dr. William C. Dement, has taken his classes on a journey through understanding a portion of their lives that is all too often overlooked.
In honor of that anniversary, this website was created by a group of Dr. Dement's students in an attempt to bring that extraordinary journey to even more people, including you.
The truth is that the world is still largely uneducated about sleep. Considering that sleep takes up nearly a third of all of our lives, a very large proportion of people have sleep disorders of some kind, and that mismanaged sleep contributes to hundreds of thousands of accidents every year, this gap in knowledge is something we feel needs to change.
Dr. Dement has made that his life mission, and in honor of that, we extend this website to you. We hope you thoroughly enjoy the history in it, the science, the practicality, the videos, and the knowledge. You have the resources here to become more educated about sleep and dreams than 99.9% of the world. That said, we encourage you to empower yourself with that knowledge, use it to optimize your life, and be active in spreading it to others.
Each year, the students in Sleep and Dreams embark on a quest to spread the knowledge that exists about sleep and sleep disorders using projects they organize and put together.
Teenagers, college students, and adults are, as a whole, drastically uneducated about even basic sleep science, and this doesn't seem to make sense given the monumental importance of sleep. It consumes a third of our lives, and its mistreatment is the cause for large amounts of accidents and deaths every year, as well as a massive fallout in productivity.
With this in mind, the Stanford students have undertaken the task of reaching more people about the importance of sleep, and imparting a plethora of sleep knowledge along the way.
You can see many of those projects from the last few years using the links below (the 2009 page brings you to DrowsinessIsRedAlert.com):
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Click on the links below to read other stories about Sleep and Dreams, written by other students who have visited this page.
I used to think that sleep was not all that important
I have learned a lot about sleep in this class. I used to think that sleep was not all that important, but now I know different. Now when I wake up, I …
Over 40 Years Ago, I Was A Volunteer Test Subject
In a sleep lab set up in the basement of Wilbur Dining Hall, I was wired up to an EEG, and spent the night being monitored as I slept. After a REM …
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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?
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