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American Academy of Sleep Medicine

American Academy of Sleep Medicine
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Abbreviation AASM
Motto Setting Standards & Promoting Excellence in Sleep Medicine
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Type Professional Association
Headquarters Darien, IL
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Timothy I Morgenthaler, MD[2]
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Formerly called
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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.

The organization's functions include the accreditation of sleep medicine facilities in the USA. 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 mission

The organization's vision statement calls for it to be the leader in setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research. [1] Its stated mission is to serve its members and advance the field of sleep health care by:[2]

  • Setting the clinical standards for the field of sleep medicine
  • Advocating for recognition, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders
  • Educating professionals dedicated to providing optimal sleep health care
  • Fostering the development and application of scientific knowledge


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 two peer-reviewed scientific journals by 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 journal SLEEP is a monthly look at the latest research and developments related to sleep and circadian rhythms. The fields covered include disorders, psychological research, pharmacology and therapeutic trials. The journal SLEEP is published by the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS), a joint venture by the Sleep Research Society and AASM.

The AASM also publishes Practice Standards, Guidelines and Reviews for sleep medicine physicians as recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep and circadian rhythm disorders. There are guidelines in several categories and they are regularly revised.

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

External links


  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.