: If you're looking for a new-age type book about dream
interpretation, look elsewhere, but if you're interested in the
physiology of why, and how we dream and a history of dream research,
interspersed with many fascinating facts to entertain and amuse -
this is the book for you.
Rock starts with the discovery of the REM phase of sleep by a
University of Chicago graduate student (Eugene Aserinsky) who regularly wired up his 8
year old son with electrodes while he slept, in the interest of science. She then
goes on to describe William Dement's research into the five stages
of normal sleep - he converted part of his apartment into a lab and
had members of the Rockette's dance troupe sleepover wired up to his
Beyond the Book
In the early 1950s Eugene
Aserinsky discovered the stage of sleep known as rapid eye
movement (REM) which is characterized by vivid dreaming.
William Dement, a fellow graduate student, then described the five
stages of normal sleep, laying the foundation for all sleep research
since then. The next generation of researchers mostly debunked
theories about dreaming, while today's researchers have new technology
available to them,
such as MRI scans, to further expand our
paper by William Dement about the importance of sleep...