Associação Portuguesa de Sono

Portuguese Sleep Association


Dr. Joaquim Moita

Email: joaquimmoita@gmail.com

Presentation held during the ANSS meeting in: Brussels, Belgium, 28. – 30.04.2016 (PDF)

Foundation year



Number of members


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

Pneumologists: 38,2 %, Orodental Medicine: 15,7 %, Neurologists: 11,8 %, ENT: 5,9 %, Pediatricians: 3,9 %, Psychiatrists: 2,9 %, Other Medical specialities: 2,9 %, Psychologists: 3,9%, Technologists: 11,7 %, Other occupations: 2,9%

Historical perspective of the society

The Portuguese Sleep Association (APS) was created in 1991 to promote research, awareness and education relating to the study of sleep and sleep disorders. In order to carry out it’s goals, the Association pledges to encourage and implement the assembly of doctors and researchers. Since it’s creation, the APS has organized several meetings and educational courses that significantly contribute to improve the Portuguese sleep science. APS has also been active in promoting awareness campaigns for the general public.

Important sleep physicians / researchers in the history of the NSS

Agostinho Rosa, António Atalaia, António Martins da Silva, Carlos Fernandes, Cristina Bárbara, Filipe Arriaga, João Carlos Winck, Joaquim Moita, José Moutinho dos Santos, Maria Helena Azevedo, Maria Helena Estevão, Marta Gonçalves, Teresa Paiva, Vanda Clemente.

Number of Sleep Medicine Centers

There are several public and private sleep medicine centers across the country, although none of them is yet accredited. The process of accreditation should start soon.

Number of Sleep Research Centers

Hospital de Santo António/Centro Hospitalar do Porto
Hospital de S. João – Faculdade de Medicina do Porto
Centro Hospitalar de Vila Nova de Gaia
Centro de Medicina do Sono – CUF Porto Hospital

Departamento de Educação e Psicologia da Universidade de Aveiro

Centro de Medicina de Sono, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra (CHUC)
Centro de Neurociências e Biologia Celular de Coimbra

Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa, Universidade de Lisboa, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte
Centro do Sono – CENC.

Accreditation / Certification procedure

Sleep Medicine Competency was approved by Medical Association in June 2012 and there are now 40 grandfather sleep specialists.

Educational programs

There is a specific curricula for Sleep Medicine in Portugal.

The main sources of education for health care providers include:

Teaching courses for GP´s, technicians or other specialities organised locally in connection with sleep medicine centers.
APS organizes various conferences concerning different aspects of Sleep Medicine.
In Medical School of Oporto University there is a PhD Clinical Neuroscience, Neuropsychiatry and Mental Health programme with a specific Sleep Medicine module that started in 2011 – 2012, coordinated by Marta Gonçalves, MD, MsC.
In Medical School of Lisbon University there were 6 editions of a Master Degree of Sleep Sciences, held during 2005 – 2011. During the same period there were also 5 graduations in Sleep Sciences. These courses were chaired by Teresa Paiva, MD, PhD.

Present activities, working groups, task forces


Publication of brochures concerning different aspects of sleep science. These brochures are available as valuable educational tools for the general public, patients and health care providers.
Frequent awareness campaigns about sleep for the general public in the media – TV, radio newpapers. During the last years the themes were sleep hygiene, sleep rhythms, sleepiness at the wheel. sleep disorders.
Frequent collaboration in educational programs at schools.

January 29, 2019
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