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American Academy of Sleep Medicine

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is a United States professional society for the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine which includes disorders of circadian rhythms. It was established in 1975.

American Academy of Sleep Medicine
American Academy of Sleep Medicine Logo.png
MottoSetting Standards & Promoting Excellence in Sleep Medicine
TypeProfessional Association
HeadquartersDarien, IL
  • United States
Official language
Douglas B. Kirsch, MD[2]
Formerly called
American Sleep Disorders Association

The organization's functions include the accreditation of sleep medicine facilities in the United States. According to the AASM, the organization issued its first accreditation to a sleep disorders center in 1977 (April 27, Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, Montefiore Medical Center, New York),[3] and by 2010 had accredited more than 2,000 centers and laboratories for sleep-related breathing disorders.[4]


Vision and missionEdit

The organization's vision is achieving optimal health through better sleep. [1] Its stated mission is to improve sleep health and promote high quality, patient-centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research, and practice standards. [2]


Membership is open to physicians, researchers and other health care professionals who specialize in the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of sleep and daytime alertness, including some who are not Americans.[3]


The latest findings in sleep medicine are published in the official peer-reviewed journal of the AASM:

  • The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM) is the official publication of the AASM, primarily for medical professionals. Published monthly, JCSM includes original clinical research, clinical reviews, case studies and opinion pieces from prominent sleep researchers on circadian rhythms and sleep science.

The AASM also publishes Clinical Practice Guidelines, Position Papers and Consensus Documents for sleep medicine physicians with recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep and circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders. There are diagnostic and treatment guidelines for several sleep disorders and they are regularly reviewed and revised.

The AASM's outreach to patients is found at Sleep Education.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "About the American Academy of Sleep Medicine". American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
  2. ^ "Board of Directors". American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
  3. ^ John W. Shepard Jr; Daniel J. Buysse; et al. (2005). "History of the Development of Sleep Medicine in the United States". Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 1 (1): 61–82. PMC 2413168. PMID 17561617.
  4. ^ American Academy of Sleep Medicine. "Accreditation". Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-30.