Meeting History

The first SLEEP meeting was held in Columbus, Ohio from June 15-21, 1986. Since its inception over 33 years ago, SLEEP has been attended by nearly 100,000 sleep medicine professionals and has become the world’s premier forum on sleep medicine. Over the years, more than 15 U.S. cities have been home to SLEEP, spanning from the coast of California to the bay of Massachusetts; from northern Washington state to southern Florida. Attendees travel from locations around the globe, including Australia, Brazil, Hungary, Israel, Nigeria, Thailand, and more. Each year, the APSS is proud to bring together such a diverse and dedicated group of attendees, speakers, and exhibitors to contribute to the advancement of sleep medicine.


Most Recent Event

San Antonio, TX

Approximately 5,000 attendees from around the globe participated in the 33rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, held in San Antonio, TX. SLEEP 2019 boasted multiple sold-out Postgraduate Courses, over 1,000 abstract presentations, more than 90 in-depth sessions, and over 115 exhibiting companies.

A major highlight of the event was the Keynote Address by Amita Sehgal, PhD “Using Small Animal Models to Determine How and Why We Sleep”. This was only the beginning of the robust schedule of events the meeting had to offer. Attendees say they uncovered thoughtful and passionate discussions on a mix of clinical and basic science. Sessions throughout the event proved to be both inspirational and informational, thanks to the many excellent speakers.

There was plenty of fun to be had as well. A brand-new AR Experience was debuted, and with over 3,500 images uncovered, we think it was a great new addition to the meeting. Photo frames, Texas-themed props, and a River Walk backdrop at our social media photo booth helped attendees create memorable moments shared with #SLEEP2019. We also offered the inaugural Sleep Scoring Skills Challenge, where anyone willing to try their hand at the timed quiz could prove their scoring prowess. Over 190 attendees participated, but only one came out on top – congratulations to Tina H. from Green Bay, WI!

The city of San Antonio offered plenty of additional options for enjoyment after sessions ended each day. The Alamo was only a short walk away and the River Walk boasts a vast number of shops and restaurants. Many other destinations, including museums, gardens, and historical sites were only a short taxi ride away. History buffs, art admirers, foodies, and science lovers alike had ample opportunities for recreation as well as education.

We hope you will join us for SLEEP 2020 in Philadelphia, PA from June 13 – 17 and help us create even more memorable experiences!

Past Research Topics

The APSS archives research abstract supplements previously published in the journal SLEEP. See how the field has changed over nearly two decades of advances in research and knowledge by reviewing this comprehensive record of information. Stay up-to-date on trends by reading about cutting-edge topics published as recently as 2018, or view archives dating back to 2000.

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