Sleep Science Friday: COVID-19 and Sleep Webinar Report

26 March 2021 In celebration of World Sleep Day, 19-March 2021, ESRS hosted a Live Webinar on the topic: Sleep and Sleep Disturbances During the COVID-19 Pandemic – What Can Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Tell Us? A European Perspective. Almost 300 people from not just Europe, but all over the world participated in the event.  It was chaired by Prof. Dr. Dieter Riemann and featured several renowned panellists, including Prof. Markku Partinen, Prof. Damien Leger, Prof. Nicola Cellini, Prof. Valentina Alfonsi and Prof. Ellemarije Altena. It was an impressive display of the research that our ESRS members have conducted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019/early 2020. Each presenter touched on a unique aspect of how the pandemic has impacted our lives, our work and our sleep in some way or another.  …

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Sleep Science Friday: Women In Science

Sleep Science Friday: Women In Science 12 March 2021   With regard to  International Women’s Day on 8 March, we would like to acknowledge all women in science and  bring attention to women’s achievements in the sleep field. The ESRS Forum for Women in Sleep Research  is an open forum informally created in 1998 (during the ESRS Congress in Madrid). It aims to support female researchers as well as to encourage and promote scientific research pertaining to issues concerning women’s health and sleep. It has since been successively led by distinguished female scientists in the sleep field – Professor Irene Tobler (Switzerland), Professor Tarja Porkka-Heiskanen (Finland), Professor Theresa Sagales (Spain), Professor Teresa Paiva (Portugal), Professor Myriam Kerkhofs (Belgium), Professor Eveline de Bruin (the Netherlands) and Dr. Raphaelle Winsky-Sommerer (England). As of today, the ESRS is opening the …

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ESRS Examination in Sleep Medicine 2021!

The ESRS 2021 Examination in Sleep medicine was postponed to late November 2021!

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ESRS call for candidates to become an effective member of the Sleep Medicine Committee for the management of a specific project.

The scope of project management / effective membership Background The purpose of the ESRS is to promote research on sleep and sleep-related areas, improve the care for patients with sleep disorders, and facilitate the dissemination of information regarding sleep research and sleep medicine. In accordance with the policy to appoint members to new positions, the ESRS launches a call for candidates to become effective members of the Sleep Medicine Committee. The Sleep Medicine Committee (SMC) is a formal body of the ESRS. Its mission is to promote clinical sleep medicine as an integrated multidisciplinary field and as a healthcare discipline in its own right, accessible for healthcare providers from different professional backgrounds. The SMC creates added value for clinicians in …

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European Academy for Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia (CBT-I)

European Academy for Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia (CBT-I) This European Academy was founded in 2018 by members of the European Insomnia Network, which is a clinical network of the ESRS since 2009. The CBT-I Academy aims at disseminating CBT-I for clinicians and scientists especially in Europe, trying to establish teaching courses for clinicians throughout Europe in regular intervals. This impetus derives from the European Insomnia Guideline (Riemann et al., Journal of Sleep Research, 2017) which unequivocally comes to the conclusion that CBT-I should be the first line treatment for insomnia. Unfortunately, however, at present there are not enough providers of this therapy to fullfill the needs of afflicted individuals in Europe. In order to change this situation, the CBT-I Academy …

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Sleep Science Friday: A tour through Belgium with the BASS

Sleep Science Friday: A tour through Belgium with the BASS 26 February 2021 Today’s SSF brings us to Belgium. The Belgian Association for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine, or the BASS, is one of the oldest national sleep societies,  founded as early as  1982, and is an active participant of the ESRS and ANSS events and initiatives. The logo of the BASS has been recognized as the best emblem among all national sleep societies by the ANSS. Today, the recently elected President of the BASS, Professor Dries Testelmans, Pulmonologist at the Department of Respiratory diseases at Leuven University Clinic will tell us about the milestones of the BASS in 2020 and plans for 2021.       In defiance of all the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BASS had a successful 2020! It had it’s  first full online, but highly attended meeting, and also held elections for the Board with a new BASS board with 8 members  …

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Sleep Science Friday: Sleep and Sleep Disturbances During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sleep Science Friday: Sleep and Sleep Disturbances During the COVID-19 Pandemic – What Can Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Tell Us? A European Perspective 19 February 2021 We are in the midst of a pandemic that has confined billions of people to their homes for months and has directly impacted daily life across Europe and globally. There is new research on the topic coming out weekly so we are once again dedicating this week`s instalment of SSF to COVID-19. Furthermore, ESRS has planned a deep dive via our upcoming live SSF webinar on the topic. On 19 March, in recognition of World Sleep Day March 19, 2021, Prof. Dr. Dieter Riemann, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Sleep Research, will …

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Sleep Science Friday: St. Valentine’s Day Sleep and love – dyadic processes 

Sleep Science Friday: St. Valentine’s Day Sleep and love – dyadic processes  12 February 2021 How do love and sleep relate? Does love help or disrupt our sleep? Or does sleep disruption affect our intimate relations?   Does sleep in females differ from sleep in males? What are the factors mediating these differences? How do they depend on age and various life periods? Prof. TarjaPorkka-Heiskanen reviews sex-related differences in sleep in a 15-minute e-lesson. By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo's privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo Sleep is mainly investigated as a physiological process of the individual. However, in a partnership, sleep is often a shared behavior, and bedfellows’ activities and schedules have mutual effects leading to complex and bidirectional associations between sleep and partner relations (Hasler et al., 2010; Grey et al., 2018).   How do …

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Sleep Science Friday: The burden of polypharmacy in sleep disorders

Sleep Science Friday: The burden of polypharmacy in sleep disorders  05 February 2021 Knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics is essential to the understanding of potential drug-drug interactions and their consequences. We invite you to watch the e-lesson on the effects of pharmacological agents on sleep and vigilance given by Prof.Tarja Porkka-Heiskanen. You will learn about the brain-related factors which affect the drug effects, mechanisms of neurotransmission, and vigilance-related side effects of commonly used medications. By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo's privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo Polypharmacy, defined as the use of multiple (or even excessive and unjustified) medication is one of the challenges of modern medicine. It is very frequent in comorbid and elderly patients (Patel P. et al. 2017  ) and was shown to be associated …

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