Japanese Society of Sleep Research

Member Since 2017


The Japanese Society of Sleep Research (JSSR) was founded in 1977 by less than 100 Japanese sleep researchers, who had held seminars on sleep annually since 1973. It was a multidisciplinary academic society, members of which came from a variety of fields, such as physiology, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, or sociology. Over the last 40 years, the society has grown from the small number of original members to more than 3700 domestic and foreign members today, the biggest sleep society in Asia.

The first Annual Meeting of the society was held in Tokyo on December 3, 1977, and the latest 42nd Annual Meeting was held in Yokohama on June 29 and 30, 2017, where 2600 individual members participated.

Activities and Accomplishments

The JSSR has collaborated with sleep researchers all over the world since its early years and organized the 3rd World Sleep Congress in Tokyo in 1979. Researchers from China, India, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Israel together founded the Asian Sleep Research Society (ASRS) and held their 1st ASRS Congress in Tokyo in 1994. The 5th ASRS Congress was held in Osaka in 2009, and the 6th World Sleep Congress in Kyoto in 2011.

In 2003, the JSSR, collaborating with the ASRS, launched its official English journal entitled Sleep and Biological Rhythms. The journal has successfully been publishing quarterly and has provided more and more articles of excellent quality from all over the world. In 2009, the journal obtained the Impact Factor, and the latest value in 2016 was 0.926.

To promote the practice of the latest sleep medicine for those suffering from sleep problems, the JSSR established a society-approved specialist system in 2002. Since then the system has continued to be managed successfully and now there are 523 society-approved sleep physicians, 55 society-approved sleep dentists, 499 society-approved registered sleep technicians and 102 society-approved institutes.