Irish Sleep Society


Dr Silke Ryan


Foundation year


Number of members


Composition of members (degree, specialties, subspecialties, etc.)

Physicians, Dentists, Scientists, Specialist Nurses

Historical perspective of the society

The Society was formed in 2004 when the first meeting was attended by 50 people. Shortly after this meeting, a constitution was drafted and a President was elected. Subsequently, the Society drafted guidelines for national standards of investigation, management and treatment of the common sleep
disorders. Since that time the Society has had an annual meeting which is usually attended by over 100 delegates, from across the specialties involved in sleep disorders. The meeting consists of expert presentations from International and National experts and primary research by National experts.

Important sleep physicians / researchers in the history of the NSS

Professor McNicholas who was the President of the Irish Sleep Society is a former president of the European Respiratory Society. Professor McNicholas has an active research unit, with local and international collaborators

Number of Sleep Medicine Centers

A comprehensive list of sleep centers is available at

Accreditation / Certification procedure

The Society Executive Committee is working on a process for accreditation of sleep centres but no specific policy has yet been adopted.

Educational programs

There are a number of “in-house” training programs at the University sleep centers In addition there are training programs, see enclosed.

Present activities, working groups, task forces

The Irish Sleep Society is involved in drafting guidelines for accreditation of Sleep Laboratories in Ireland.
The Irish Sleep Society is also working with the Department of Health on the possible association of influenza vaccination and narcolepsy

February 2, 2021
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