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What to Expect at SLEEP 2021

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Key Takeaways

  • SLEEP, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS), which is a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS), will be held virtually from June 9-13, 2021.
  • The meeting offers a mix of lectures, entertainment, opportunities for prizes, presentations, and sessions.
  • Attendees who register by June 13, 2021 will have access to all on-demand sessions through the platform until November 30, 2021.

The 35th Annual meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine  and the Sleep Research Society (SLEEP) will take place from June 10-13, 2021. SLEEP is the premier world forum to present and discuss the latest developments in clinical sleep medicine, and sleep and circadian science.

Attendees will enjoy dozens of sessions across clinical sleep science and practice, basic and translational sleep and circadian science, and tech tracks. Two live education tracks, one focused on research and science and one on clinical and didactic content, include opportunities to interact with the presenters through the meeting platform. The meeting also offers the variety of educational formats attendees have come to expect, including symposia, rapid-fire symposia, clinical workshops, and meet the professor. The popular poster hall will be available throughout the meeting, and attendees can connect with industry representatives to learn about new products and services in the virtual exhibit hall.

In choosing to go virtual, the organization said in a statement: “While we wish we were meeting in person this year, we hope you will take advantage of the flexibility and access that a virtual meeting provides. Attendees will be able to view content on demand through Nov. 30, 2021. The poster hall also will remain open through November for presenters who select to keep their poster online.”

Meeting Highlights

  • Posters. Posters can be viewed from June 9-13, but some will be available until November 30. Posters can be rated on a scale of 1-5 hearts. To rate a poster, click on the poster image and click “Rate ePoster” on the lower left-hand corner of the pop-up window.
  • The SLEEP 2021 Virtual Store. Attendees can receive special discounts on AASM and SRS products to continue their education in sleep by visiting the Virtual Store and browsing for products. All attendees will receive a 25% discount on purchases from the store. 
  • Lectures from renowned speakers. The keynote will be given by  Eus JW Van Someren, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, on Thursday, June 10 from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. EDT. Additional speakers include Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, DO, Marta Garaulet, PhD, Carlos Schenck, MD, Gina Poe, PhD, Suresh Kotagal, MBBS, Allison Harvey, PhD, Wendy Troxel, PhD, Timothy Morgenthaler, MD, and Sigrid Veasey, MD.
  • Entertainment. A musical performance will be given by the Hidden Jazz Club,  a collective of world-class jazz musicians and vocalists in London. The concert will take place on Saturday, June 12, from 7:00 p.m — 9:00 p.m. and is free for all attendees. 

The meeting will also offer postgraduate courses, networking opportunities, and industry-supported exhibitions. More details about these events can be found in the official meeting Virtual Guide

Schedule At-A-Glance

The plenary session will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2021, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. featuring the Keynote Speaker: Eus JW Van Someren, PhD. He will be speaking on the brain mechanisms of insomnia. 

Throughout the meeting on Friday-Sunday, attendees can log on and join various talks, sessions, exhibitions, and poster presentations from 10:30 AM – 5:45 PM. The organization has scheduled dedicated attendee engagement time for Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 13 at 12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Not-to-Miss Sessions

  • Navigating Sleep Medicine Services During the Pandemic: Realities, Challenges and Potential Solutions: Friday, June 11, 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  •  Sleep and Sleep Loss in Soldiers,  First Responders,  and Flight Crew: Friday, June 11, 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m. 
  • AASM Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Central Disorders of Hypersomnolence: Friday, June 11, 3:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
  • A  Daylight Saving Time Discussion: Early Sunrises or Late Sunsets? How Should We Set the…: Friday, June 11, 5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
  • New Findings in Sleep Physiology: Saturday, June 12, 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: Saturday June 112 3:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
  • Understanding Diversity and Inclusion. What Does it Mean to be…in Sleep Medicine?: Saturday, June 12, 5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
  •  Developmental Sleep Cohorts: Trajectories and Impact of Sleep-Disordered Breathing and EEG Biomarkers from Infancy to Adulthood: Sunday, June 13, 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Pediatrics:  Fighting the Pillow: Sunday, June 13, 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.

More to Know

Participants can compete in a virtual “walking” event, SLEEP Walking, where they can be entered to win prizes by exploring the entire SLEEP platform. Attending the entire meeting has its payoffs, especially in the form of gift cards and free membership opportunities!

Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 41.25 postgraduate course hours and 74.75 total credit hours. The types of credit offered throughout the meeting include CME, NP, CEC, and PA. Additionally, the organization will offer Continuing Education Credits (CECs) to sleep technologists who attend the meeting. Individuals who are not eligible for any type of continuing education credits offered at SLEEP 2021 may receive a letter of attendance outlining the number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ designated for the sessions they attend at SLEEP 2021.


Registration options are available for both general sessions and ticketed sessions. General session registration includes admission to the general sessions from Thursday June 10 – Sunday, June 13. Those that register will receive access to on-demand content through November 30, 2021. 

Ticketed sessions, which include postgraduate courses, are available to both attendees and non-attendees. Attendees of SLEEP 2021 can purchase postgraduate courses for a discounted rate. Non-attendees can purchase postgraduate courses by following the registration process for SLEEP 2021 and checking out with the Postgraduate Courses ONLY ticket type.

Additional details about registration can be found on the official registration page. The organization has outlined Terms and Conditions, a Code of Conduct, recording and capturing information, and refund details for all attendees. Registration is open until June 13, 2021. 

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