Sleep News: New Technology, Discoveries, and More in the Fields of Sleep Science and Medicine

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It wasn't much longer than 60 years ago that the world collectively knew next to nothing about sleep science and sleep health. The field of sleep medicine is extraordinarily young, and as a result, new discoveries and innovations have been made at light speed in the last handful of decades.

Now, as the field continues to build off the momentum created by its founders and burgeoning technology, sleep news promises to be a topic to keep your eyes on, whether you are interested in alertness optimization or sleep medicine for personal health reasons, or are more broadly interested in the field as a scientist or scholar.

On this page, you can check out some of the most interesting bits of sleep news we've written about on this site, with links pointing to original and counterpart articles on the Web.

This list hardly scratches the surface of the cool things going on in the sleep world. If you have some sleep news you'd like to highlight yourself, please share it with us by filling out the form on the bottom of this page, which will turn your writing into a published page on this site, and hopefully draw attention to your news.


Panel Of Sleep Experts Discuss Common Sleep Questions

Oct. 2011 Dr. Dement, the teacher and inspirational force behind this website and the progress of modern sleep medicine, has recently been featured in a unique series of interviews on the EverydayHealth.com website. Read the whole story...



New Drowsy Driving Technology Takes A Step Forward In Keeping Us Alert At The Wheel: The Anti Sleep Pilot (ASP) iPhone App

Anti Sleep Pilot iPhone App

Feb. 2011 Drowsy driving kills thousands of people every year, but new technology, including this iPhone application called the Anti Sleep Pilot, holds promise to raise awareness of a danger whose solution lies in just that, awareness. Read the whole story...


Inception's Dream Time & An Awesome (But Conflicting) Lucid Dreaming Experiment

Jan. 2011 In Inception, dream time is exponentially slower at each successive level of the dream. In 1985 though, a creative lucid dreaming experiment set out to answer how dream time is actually related to waking time. Read the whole story...


The Menlo-Atherton Teen Sleep Program Aims To Educate The Young About Sleep Science and Health

Jan. 2011 For half a decade now Menlo-Atherton High School in California has been revolutionizing the relationship between schools and their students' health with a teen sleep program in corroboration with Stanford Sleep and Dreams. Read the whole story...


Dr. Mark Rosekind Confirmed As Member Of National Transportation Safety Board

Dr. Mark Rosekind

June 2010 Sleep specialist, alertness expert, and former Stanford Sleep and Dreams student Mark Rosekind has been confirmed and sworn in as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, a big step forward for the field of sleep science and the issues of sleep and alertness safety in the public consciousness. Read the whole story...


The Defense "Rests" Its Case: Sleep-Related Violence in the Judicial System

May 2010 Can a sleepwalker commit murder? In the strangest of court cases, lawmakers and the public are left to rely on experts and research when determining the validity of sleep disorders as a defense for violent actions, including murder. Read the whole story...

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Chronic Insomnia And Its Deathly Ways 
Risks: Chronic Insomnia Raises Threat to Heart Insomnia can be quite frustrating. Some have insomnia the night before a big presentation for their …

Attending Mary Carskadon's Plaque Presentation at the Jerry House 
I recently attended an award ceremony for Mary Carskadon, a famous sleep researcher and one of the guest speakers for my Sleep and Dreams class. It was …

Response to “Sleep Apnea 'Mask' Might Also Help the Heart” 
Sleep apnea, defined as “cessation of breathing for 10 or more seconds during sleep,” is estimated to exist in almost one-fifth of all adults in United …

Connection Between REM Behavior Disorder and Memory Loss 
Recently an article in the French Tribune documented findings by an Australian behavioral neurologist named Brandon Boot ran at the Mayo Clinic, who …

Remembering The Stanford Sleep Camp - The Jerry House Event 
On January 28, 2012, an event was held at the Jerry House at Stanford University to commemorate the sleep research done there by Mary Carskadon and William …

Obesity and Lack of Sleep: Why It Matters 
Recently, an online newsletter called RTTNews revealed findings from a Mayo Clinic study on the relationship between obesity and sleep. According to …

Cyberloafing - An Unintended Consequence of Daylight Savings 
Oh no, daylight savings has come again! As we lost an hour of time last Sunday, college students bemoaned the spring forwards. Most often, that shift led …

Sleeping Pills Are a Woman's Best Friend 
Mothers and Sleep Medication - NYTimes.com This article points out that women are the targeted demographic of sleeping pills. Though it’s not exactly …

Exercise is Positively Correlated with Sleep Quality 
This article from the New York Times discusses the recent evidence now supporting the claim that performing exercise in the day leads to a better quality …

Is It Unnatural To Sleep In Eight-Hour Intervals? 
BBC News published an article two weeks ago (February 22, 2012) declaring that the eight-hour sleep pattern may actually be unnatural: research grounded …

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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.

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The Stanford Sleep Book

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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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Sleep Paralysis: A Dreamer's Guide

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