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The Mind at Night

The New Science of How and Why we Dream

by Andrea Rock

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The Mind at Night by Andrea Rock
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    Mar 2004, 256 pages
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    Mar 2005, 240 pages

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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 Sigmund Freud's theories about dreaming, while today's researchers have new technology available to them, such as MRI scans, to further expand our understanding.  

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A 1997 paper by William Dement about the importance of sleep and sleep disorders

'Dreaming permits each and everyone of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.' -- William Dement.

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