2016 Annual Report

World Sleep Society (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.

2016 Awareness and Education Activities included the following:

  • World Sleep Day activities (100+) on March 18, 2016
  • Exams offered to individuals and societies
  • 346 individual and 22 society memberships
  • Endorsed sleep education meetings
  • Planning for the biennial World Congress on Sleep Medicine
  • Monthly issues of Sleep Medicine journal
  • Guidelines for the treatments of sleep disorders

World Sleep Day 2016

WSD 2016 – March 18 “Good Sleep is a Reachable Dream.” The 2016 slogan was 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.

2016 World Sleep Day Distinguished Activities Award winners; Portuguese Association of Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine and the Portuguese Society of Hypertension (Portugal), Brazilian Sleep Society (Brazil), Liborio Parrino (Italy), Matilde Valecia Flores (Mexico), Am Life International / Perry Tan (Malaysia).

The next World Sleep Day will take place on March 17, 2017. For more information on World Sleep Day, including how to become a delegate, visit www.worldsleepday.org

World Sleep 2017
(8th World Congress on Sleep Medicine) – Prague, Czech Republic, October 7-11, 2017
Extensive planning for the bi-annual congress took place in 2016. By the end of the year, World Sleep Society had scored and selected 16 keynote speakers and 90 symposia representing speakers from 35 countries.

Sleep Medicine Exam
The Sleep Medicine Examination is available for qualified candidates during World Sleep 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. Candidates are given four hours to successfully complete the 150 question exam to be awarded the International Sleep Specialist Certificate.

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 2016 World Sleep Society had 346 individual memberships.

  • 35 Full Memberships
  • 255 Regular Memberships
  • 6 Technologist Memberships
  • 50 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/WASM committees
– Eligibility to participate and vote in WSS/WASM general assembly meetings
– Use the “Sleep Specialist Certification” designee after successfully passing the WASM or WSF exam

Purchase your 2017 individual membership.

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:

* Founding Member | Listed in alphabetical order

Asian Sleep Research Society *
Australasian Sleep 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
Israel Sleep Society
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 *
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.


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