World Sleep Society (WSS) was founded in 2016. As a merger of two organizations, WSS will continue to operate programs of both the World Sleep Federation (WSF) and World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM). Programs consist of education, awareness and member services. Read the history of WASM statement in Elsevier’s journal, Sleep Medicine (December 2017).
2017 Awareness and Education Activities included the following:
• World Sleep Day
• The biennial sleep medicine congress World Sleep 2017
• Exams offered to individuals and societies
• Individual and society memberships
• Endorsed sleep education meetings
• Monthly issues of Sleep Medicine journal
• Guidelines for the treatments of sleep disorders
• Creation of the World Sleep Job Board
• Continuation of networking within the online Sleep Directory
World Sleep Day 2017 Highlights
In 2017, the slogan was, Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life. The focus of our 10th annual awareness day was purposefully broad in meaning, surrounding the message that quality of life with a sleep disorder can be improved. Though most sleep disorders are preventable or treatable, less than one-third of sufferers seek professional help. The three elements of good quality sleep are duration (the length of sleep), continuity (sleeping without fragmentation) and depth (meaning sleep is deep enough to be restorative.
2017 World Sleep Day Accomplishments:
• 295+ delegates signed up to participate
• 155 sleep awareness activities occurred in 2017
• 58 countries notified us of participation. New! Events in the countries of Jordan, Switzerland, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Qatar & Estonia
• 826 individuals joined our campaign
• Trending on both Twitter and Facebook under the hashtag #WorldSleepDay
2017 World Sleep Day Distinguished Activities Award winners: Dr. Elena Majano de Carías (El Salvador), Dr. Nevin Zaki / Dr. Nesreen Elmorsy & Mansoura University Safety Society (Egypt), Montida Veeravigrom, M.D. / Sleep Society of Thailand (Thailand), Dr. David Lira (Peru), Dr. Laura Palagini / Italian Association of Sleep Medicine (Italy), María Montserrat Sánchez Ortuño / School of Nursing University of Murcia (Spain).
The next World Sleep Day will take place on March 16, 2018. For more information on World Sleep Day, including how to become a delegate, visit www.worldsleepday.org.
World Sleep 2017 Overview
Prague, Czech Republic, October 7-11, 2017
World Sleep 2017 brought together 2,627 sleep medicine clinicians and researchers from 76 countries. The scientific program included 278 hours of content, including:
• 16 keynotes
• 102 symposia
• 16 courses
• 138 oral abstract presentations
• 46 exhibitors
• 42 CME credits
• 1074 total accepted abstracts (viewable in the Sleep Medicine December 2017 supplement)
World Sleep 2017 had a 33.8% increase in attendance over World Sleep 2015. The worldsleepcongress.com website received over 1 million views in 2017.
Our 2,627 international attendees attended from 6 continents and 76 countries. View the breakdown in our Global Diversity overview.
Sleep Medicine Exam
The Sleep Medicine Examination was available for qualified candidates during World Sleep 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. Candidates were given four hours to successfully complete the 150-question exam to be awarded the International Sleep Specialist Certificate. In 2017, 13 candidates passed the exam.
Developed in accordance with our mission to advance sleep health worldwide, the overarching goal of the exam is to provide an opportunity for individuals, especially those in underserved countries, to earn the sleep specialist designation. Read additional information related to the exam. Questions can be directed to Angie Granum at World Sleep Society.
In 2017 World Sleep Society had 920 individual memberships.
• 39 Full Memberships
• 684 Regular Memberships
• 50 Technologist Memberships
• 147 Student Memberships
All individual memberships include the following benefits:
– Access to international standards, best practices and current research in the field of Sleep Medicine
– Access to Sleep Medicine journal (all memberships receive online and app access; full membership also includes printed journal)
– Discount pricing for the World Sleep Congress 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic (October 7-11, 2017)
– Inclusion in and access to the World Sleep online directory of sleep medicine professionals around the globe
– Eligibility to serve on WSS committees
– Eligibility to participate and vote in WSS general assembly meetings
– Use the “Sleep Specialist Certification” designee after successfully passing the exam
Associate Society Members
The fundamental mission of World Sleep Society is to advance sleep health worldwide. In an effort to increase global awareness of sleep issues, WSS has formed a relationship with the following national sleep societies or regional federations (current as of December 2017):
Listed in alphabetical order
Asian Sleep Research Society
Asian Society of Sleep Medicine
Australasian Sleep Association
Australasian Sleep Technologist Association
British Sleep Society
Bulgarian Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Canadian Sleep Society
Czech Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Society
European Sleep Research Society
Federation of Latin American Sleep Societies
Finnish Sleep Research Society
French Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine
German Sleep Society
Indian Association of Surgeons for Sleep Apnoea
Indian Society for Sleep Research
Integrated Sleep Medicine Society Japan
International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group
Israel Sleep Society
Japanese Society of Sleep Research
Peruvian Association of Sleep Medicine (Apemes)
Romanian Association for Pediatric Sleep Disorders
Russian Society of Somnologists
Serbian Sleep Society
Sleep and Wakefulness Medicine Moroccan Federation
Sleep Research Society
South East Asian Academy of Sleep Medicine
Taiwan Society of Sleep Medicine
Turkish Sleep Medicine Society
World Sleep Society strives to provide information, increase awareness, and champion advocacy on sleep and its disorders amongst both healthcare workers and the general public. In an effort to raise awareness, we promote sleep meetings around the world. If your society has an upcoming meeting and would like to list it with us, learn more about our endorsed meetings.