About Us

Mission Statement
The fundamental mission of the World Sleep Society is to advance sleep health worldwide. World Sleep Society will fulfill this mission by promoting and encouraging education, research and patient care throughout the World, particularly in those parts of the world where the practice of sleep medicine is less developed. World Sleep Society will act as a bridge between different sleep societies and cultures, supporting and encouraging worldwide exchange of clinical information and scientific studies related to sleep medicine. World Sleep Society will seek to encourage development and exchange of information for world-wide and regional standards of practice for sleep medicine.

Goal and Purpose
The goal and purpose of the World Sleep Society is to advance knowledge about sleep, circadian rhythms, sleep health, and sleep disorders worldwide, especially in those parts of the world where this knowledge has not advanced sufficiently. This endeavor will promote clinical and scientific information for scientists, health care personnel, and the general public. The World Sleep Society will foster international exchanges among scientists, physicians, psychologists, nurses, physician assistants, technologists, and other medical and research personnel interested in the sleep field. In this manner it is expected that sleep science and medicine can advance for all populations to improve the quality of life of individuals throughout the world. The World Sleep Society will promote world-wide sleep health by advancing public education, supporting public policies related to sleep health, and supporting sleep research. World Sleep Society currently represents over 600 individual members, 19 societies. It is located in over 50 countries and organizes the World Sleep Congress every other year.

For more information and inquires, please email the World Sleep Society’s administrative office at info@worldsleepsociety.org.

History

In 2016, World Sleep Federation (WSF) and World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) collaborated to found one international organization: World Sleep Society.

 

World Sleep Federation (WSF) is an international organization founded in 1988. At the time of the collaboration, it comprised of seven charter members including American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Asian
Sleep Research Society, Australasian Sleep Association, Canadian Sleep Society, European Sleep Research Society, Federation of Latin American Sleep Societies, and Sleep Research Society. The charter members represented 53 sleep societies and organizations, and over 12,000 individuals. WSF held educational congresses throughout the world every four years with the last meeting in Istanbul, Turkey in 2015.

 

World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) is an international organization. WASM’s fundamental mission is to advance sleep health worldwide. WASM fulfills the mission by promoting and encouraging education, research and patient care through the world, particularly in those parts where the practice of sleep medicine is less developed. At the time of the collaboration, WASM represented over 600 individual members and 13 society members located in over 40 countries. WASM held educational congresses throughout the world every two years with the last meeting in Seoul, Korea in 2015. WASM developed a specialty journal (Sleep Medicine), the World Sleep Day, an international professional certification exam for sleep medicine, full time professional staff and international standards for interpreting sleep tracings, which will all now be part of the new Society.