2015 Annual Report

World Sleep Society 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.

WASM and WSF 2015 Awareness and Education Activities included the following:

  • World Sleep Day activities (100+) on March 13, 2015
  • 6th World Congress on Sleep Medicine in Seoul, Korea – March 21-25, 2015
  • 7th World Sleep congress in Istanbul, Turkey – October 31 to November 3, 2015
  • Exams offered to individuals and societies
  • 625 individual and 18 societies memberships
  • Endorsed sleep education meetings

World Sleep Day (WSD)

WSD 2015 – March 13 “When Sleep is Sound, Health and Happiness Abound focused on insomnia and several other sleep related messages.

WSD 2016 – March 18 “Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream.” This year’s slogan is purposefully broad to allow the celebration of a large diversity of activities surrounding the message that sleep maladies can be ameliorated, but recognition has to come first. The slogan allows both adult and pediatric themes, as well as topics of insomnia, hypersomnia, parasomnias, and circadian dysrhythmias.

2015 World Sleep Day Distinguished Activities Award winners; Australasian Sleep Association and Sleep Health Foundation (Australia & New Zealand), Elena Majano (El Salvador), Kiril Terziyski (Bulgaria), Peruvian Institute of Neurosciences (Peru) and Russian Society of Somnologists Youth Committee of Russian Society of Somnologists (Russia).

For more information on World Sleep Day, including how to become a delegate, visit www.worldsleepday.org

6th World Congress on Sleep Medicine – Seoul, Korea March 21-25, 2015
The 6th World Congress was jointly held by WASM and the Korean Society of Sleep Medcine chaired by Drs. Hong (Korea) and Christian Guilleminault (USA). The Congress brought together 2073 delegates from 58 different countries. The five day Congress included 8 keynotes, 57 sympoisia, 10 courses, and 507 presented abstracts.

7th World Sleep Congress – Istanbul, Turkey October 31 – November 3, 2015
The Congress was jointly held by WSF and the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) organized by Drs. Lino Nobili (Italy), Pierre-Herve Luppi (France), and Philippe Peigneux (Belgium). The five day Congress brought together over 1,000 delegates and showcased 5 keynotes, 20 symposia, 6 courses, 5 different tracks, 584 abstracts, and educational sessions including video, round table, and case discussions.

The primary objective of the Examination Committee, chaired by Drs. Markus Schmidt and Thomas Penzel, is to develop a high quality examination in sleep medicine. Committee members create the exam from a database of questions, largely submitted by the Education Committee. They also perform appropriate post-exam analyses to upgrade future examinations.

WASM’s first exam was administered in 2013. A total of 29 candidates have taken the exam with 23 of them earning the prestigious Sleep Specialist Certification. The most successful WASM exam was held last March in Seoul, South Korea. Twenty candidates took the exam in Seoul with a 70% pass rate. The next WASM exam is scheduled to be held in Taipei, Taiwan on March 10, 2016. The exam will be held at the Taipei International Convention Center in conjunction with the 2016 IPSA Congress. Read additional information related to the exam. Questions can be directed to Angie Granum at World Sleep Society.



In 2015 WASM had 625 members from 55 countries.


All individual memberships include the following benefits:
– Eligibility for World Sleep Society (WSS) committees
– Eligibility to participate and vote WSS general assembly meetings held at the Prague 2017 congress
– Sleep Medicine journal (online and app access for all memberships, print copy for full membership)
– Discount pricing for the World Sleep Congress 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic, October 7-11, 2017
– Inclusion in the World Sleep online directory

Purchase your 2016 individual membership.

WSF and WASM 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:

Asian Sleep Research Society
Australasian Sleep Association
British Sleep Society
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
Korean Academy of Sleep Medicine
Russian Society of Somnologists
Serbian Sleep Society
Sleep Research Society
Sleep and Wakefulness Medicine Moroccan Federation
Taiwan Society of Sleep Medicine
Turkish Sleep Medicine Society

Endorsed Meetings

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.

We are currently endorsing the following meetings:

4th National Conference of Indian Association of Surgeons for Sleep Apnoea, IASSACON2016
April 1-3, 2016   Mumbai, India   http://www.iassa.in

International Pediatric Sleep Association -IPSA 2016- Congress
March 11-13, 2016   Taipei, Taiwan     [email protected]