Dr. William Dement, Leader in Sleep Disorder Analysis, Dies at 91

William Charles Dement was born on July 29, 1928, in Wenatchee, Wash., in the north-central a part of the state, and grew up additional south in Walla Walla. His father, Charles, was a tax agent and bookkeeper, and his mom, Kathryn (Severyns) Dement, was a homemaker.

After serving in the Military in postwar Japan, the place he edited a regiment newspaper, he earned a bachelor’s diploma in primary medical science at the College of Washington, Seattle, in 1951. He paid his method by working as a jazz bassist and hosted jam periods on his houseboat.

Dr. Dement’s fascination with sleep started in medical college at the College of Chicago. He turned intrigued with the work of Nathaniel Kleitman, a physiologist who was credited with doing pioneering analysis on sleep when the sector barely existed. Dr. Kleitman and a graduate scholar, Eugene Aserinsky, first reported the invention of speedy eye motion, or REM, throughout sleep.

Dr. Dement’s fascination with sleep swelled when Mr. Aserinsky informed him what the flickering eye actions meant.

“‘Dr. Kleitman and I feel these actions is perhaps associated to dreaming,’” Dr. Dement recalled Mr. Aserinsky telling him. “For a scholar in psychiatry, this offhand remark was extra beautiful than if he had simply supplied me a profitable lottery ticket.”

After becoming a member of Dr. Kleitman’s sleep laboratory, Dr. Dement filmed topics in REM sleep — one topic, who was learning at the college, was the long run author, director and actress Elaine May — and studied the connection between REM sleep and goals.

In measuring the mind waves and eye actions of 9 sleeping topics in 1956, Dr. Dement and Dr. Kleitman discovered a excessive incidence of dream recall when topics have been woke up 5 to 15 minutes after REM sleep had begun.

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