esleep congress 2023 commentators review

eSleep Europe 2023 Virtual Congress On Review

ESRS’ eSleep Europe 2023, the first exclusively online congress, saw an extraordinary gathering of sleep professionals and enthusiasts from around the globe. We’re proud to announce that this year’s congress welcomed more than 2,150 participants from 106 countries, this international representation truly reflects the goal of eSleep Europe to make the best sleep science accessible to all.

If you missed eSleep live streaming, registration for eSleep Europe remains open and all sessions’ recordings can be viewed on-demand for the next 6 months (free registration for ESRS and supporting organizations’ members). 

If you are already registered and want to review any particular eSleep sessions, please visit on-demand recordings page to watch them.

We want also to thank all #eSleepExperience Social Media Contest participants for sharing their insights and photos, you can find them all in eSleep photo gallery page, and congrats to our contest winners, Fatemeh Mohammadi, Breege Leddy RPSGT and Adriano dos Santos (winners were drawn at random). Each winner had the choice of one of two prizes: an ESRS Sleep Medicine Textbook 2nd ed. or a 2-year ESRS membership. 

Lastly, you can find below some of our eSleep commentators great contributions. A quick reading on these eSleep sessions reviews from Purbanka Pahari, Dr. Michael Smith and Adriano dos Santos, will for sure persuade you to watch the full eSleep sessions, enjoy! 

eSleep Europe 2023 Reviewed by

Purbanka Pahari

Purbanka Pahari

PhD Student & Early-Stage Researcher at University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital (KUH), Kuopio, Finland.

Just wrapped up an engaging session on Neurology session. Learned about the association between sleep staging, sleep spindles, and their association with cognitive behavior. The videos about narcolepsy and catalepsy were truly eye-opening.

The special session about the Sleep Revolution project gave an idea of how deep learning approaches are emerging in sleep studies and it has a significant role in determining sleep apnea severity.

Sleep from the perspective of epidemiology from a population-based cohort gave insight into how sleep can make an impact on public health, what are the factors that affect sleep (e.g., family income, place of residence), conditions that impact staying asleep, etc., and indicated the importance of healthy sleep mindset. It was an inspiring public health session to remember what we actually can do to improve our sleep at a personal level as well as at a societal level.

The last session in the Neurology track gave us a brief introduction into the importance of pediatric sleep, how sleep-related breathing disorders affect children and what we can do to improve the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders in children.

In short, the entire session gave an overview of human neurology, the impacts of narcolepsy, sleep-breathing disorders, deep learning invention to improve the diagnosis of sleep apnea, pediatric sleep, how diverse sleep is and overall, what we can do to improve our everyday sleep as well as the diagnostic approach for different sleep disorders to provide treatment to the individuals who are in need.

Dr. Michael Smith

Dr. Michael Smith

Senior Researcher at the department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

The quality of the talks was extremely high, over a range of different fields. This actually made it difficult to choose which talks to attend live. A personal highlight was the ESRS joint session with the World Sleep Society, where disparities in sleep health and the social environmental determinants of sleep were highlighted.

The virtual format worked well, with pre-recorded talks and the presenters live for questions and discussion afterwards. One reason I think this worked well was the comparative short length of the talks, which made it possible to focus attention on the critical messages without getting too screen tired. I sincerely hope the ESRS will continue to organise these events in the off years between physical congresses. While it is of course true that virtual events cannot replace the networking of in-person meetings, the scientific content was nevertheless outstanding. In some ways the virtual platform is perhaps even preferable, as one can go back to rewatch something difficult to understand or even simply to refresh one’s memory. I will certainly be doing that!

Adriano dos Santos

Adriano dos Santos

Master Student in Sleep Medicine, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland. Functional Nutrition Practitioner, ADS Vitality.

It’s hard to describe how valuable the eSleep Europe 2023 Conference was for me as a master’s student in Sleep Medicine and also as a clinical nutritionist.

One of the standout lectures that captivated my attention was Christian Cajochen’s presentation on “SLMBR”, which delved into the intricate relationship between Sleep, Light, Melatonin, and Biological Rhythms. My interest in this topic, chronobiology, is certainly well-founded. Christian Cajochen’s lecture likely provided invaluable insights into this area.

Another powerful moment in my opinion was to listen to the discussions between the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS), the British Sleep Society (BSS), and the European Biological Rhythms Society (EBRS). I learned a lot about sleep optimization and metabolic health. Fascinating!

Amita Sehgal’s lecture on the role of sleep-in metabolic homeostasis was undoubtedly my favourite of the entire event. Her ability to convey complex mechanisms in an elegant manner is certainly commendable. She showed complex processes involved in how sleep directly influences metabolic balance which served as an inspiration to my current research.

I definitely recommend eSleep Europe conferences if you’re looking to enrich your clinical or research practice.

Recent publications from ESRS members

  1. Malhotra, Martinot and Pépin (2023). Insights on mandibular jaw movements during polysomnography in obstructive sleep apnea. J Clin Sleep Med.
  2. El Youssef et al. (2023). Sleep and epilepsy: A clinical and pathophysiological overview. Rev Neurol (Paris).
  3. Lopez et al. (2023). Nocturnal agitation: From sleep state dissociation to sleep-related dissociative state. Rev Neurol (Paris).
  4. Baillieul et al. (2023). The multifaceted aspects of sleep and sleep-wake disorders following stroke. Rev Neurol (Paris).
  5. Lim et al. (2023). The need to promote sleep health inpublic health agendas across the globe. Lancet Public Health.
  6. Bernardi et al. (2023). Sleep disturbances in subjects with autism spectrum disorder: A parental perspective. Sleep Med.
  7. Strumberger et al. (2023). Sleep disturbance, but not depression severity, is associated with inflammation in children and adolescents. J Clin Sleep Med.
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