How much do you know about sleep? It turns out we know very little about something we spend one-third of our life doing!

Certainly, we all know what it feels like to be without sleep, but why is it so important, and how does it even work?

Scientific History of Sleep

Source: Dr. Lynda (and the Miami Airport at 2am with two toddlers and a preteen)

Did you know that up until the 1950’s there was no established field of sleep science? This meant that, up until the middle of the 20th Century, we thought that the brain just turned off when we went to sleep, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep was completely undiscovered!

So, what is the history of sleep medicine? And why is it important? Today we bring you one of my favorite YouTube channels, The Good Stuff, with answers to these questions directly from the father of sleep medicine, William C. Dement. This is really an incredible video that puts into perspective just how recent most of our medical understanding about our brain and body function is! Check it out…

How incredible is it that we knew almost nothing about something we spend a third of our lives doing up until the 1950s!

I am always astonished at how young a vast amount of our scientific knowledge is! It is surprising that we don’t see more paradigm shifts in our scientific understanding occurring every few weeks!

How marvelous is it that there are so many things to study out there? From sleep to the stars to the sea, there is an incredible amount of world out there left to understand!

If you liked this video, it is the first in a series of sleep-related videos by The Good Stuff, they are a great watch for anybody who wants to learn more about sleep, why we need it, and how we can improve our sleep!

We hope today gave you a little more perspective on just how much more there is to learn out there!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!



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  1. “How Science Changed Sleep Forever.” YouTube. The Good Stuff, 18 May 2015. Web. 08 Feb. 2016. <>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV