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William C. DeMent

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Dr. William C. DeMent, M.D., Ph.D., is an American sleep research. He is the founder and director of the Stanford University Sleep Research Center. In the 1950s as a medical student, he was the first to intensively study the connection between rapid eye movement and dreaming, after his fellow student Eugene Aserinsky mentioned to him that "Dr. Kleitman and I think these eye movements might be related to dreaming". Aserinsky, along with his and DeMent's adviser Nathaniel Kleitman) had previously noticed the connection but as physiologists, hadn't considered it very interesting. DeMent had an interest in psychiatry, which in those days considered dreams to be important, so he was excited by the discovery and was eager to pursue it. He was among the first researchers to study sleeping subjects with the electroencephalogram (EEG), and he wrote "I believe that the study of sleep became a true scientific field in 1953, when I finally was able to make all-night, continuous recordings of brain and eye activity during sleep." From studying these recordings, he discovered and named the five stages of sleep. He works towards publicizing the existence and treatment of underdiagnosed  ( Wikipedia article )

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