Number of members
Composition of members (degree, specialties, subspecialties, etc.)
The society has 3 groups of membership as main, complimentary and honoric. The main members include both academic and clinical specialists. Main members are medical doctors mainly from neurology, pulmonology, ENT disorders, psychiatry, physiology, cardiology, anesthesiology, internal
medicine and pediatrics. Complimentary members include sleep technicians, psychologists, engineers or dentists.
Historical perspective of the society
The society was established in 1992 entitled as “Sleep Research Society”, and later renamed by the Council of Minister as “Turkish Sleep Research Society”. In 2007, the name of the society was changed into “Turkish Sleep Medicine Society” (TSMS) by the general assembly.
The first scientific meeting of the society was held in 1992, later continued as national congresses. National congresses were performed once in two years till 2006, and later yearly.
The 15th European Sleep Research Society Congress which was held in Istanbul 12 – 16 September 2000 was hosted by the TSMS.
Important sleep physicians / researchers in the history of the NSS
Prof. Dr. Ismet Karacan, Prof. Dr. Sevket Akpınar
Past Presidents: Erbil Gözükırmızı, Hakan Kaynak, Sadık Ardıc, Derya Karadeniz
Number of Sleep Medicine Centers
Number of Sleep Research Centers
Accreditation / Certification procedure
ESRS accreditation criteria has being used for the certification of sleep centers/laboratories. These centers/laboratories are being re-supervised every five years and re-accredited as they continue to perform sleep studies on the basis of international criteria.
TSMS has organized Sleep Medicine Courses of 5 days for medical doctors since 1998. After 2006, Practical Education and Certification Program in an accredited sleep center by TSMS was added to this theoretical education. TSMS Qualification Board was established in 2010 to organize an educational program for sleep medicine, and is still continuing its tasks in collaboration with the Directory Board of TSMS. Upon completing the Sleep Medicine Courses of 5 days which are held every year and Certification Program and Practical Education for 6 months a “Sleep Medicine Certificate” is given to medical doctors.
A certification program was established in 2010 for sleep technicians who had adequate practical experience and succeeded the examination following certification program.
In addition to annually organized National Sleep Medicine Congresses, local scientific meetings have being organized yearly.
Prof. Dr. Sevket Akpınar’s Symposium was held in Ankara, on 14th May, 2011 for the first time. It will continue to be held every year. Since 2011 TSMS has being organized scientific meetings every year on March 16 to celebrate the ‘World Sleep Day’.
Present activities, working groups, task forces
‘Technician Study Group’ was established in 2008. Educational program for sleep technicians has being organized yearly together with the National Sleep Medicine Congress.
‘Basic sciences’, ‘Scientific research’, ‘Sleep and occupation’, ‘Pediatric Sleep’ and ‘Surgery in Sleep Medicine’ study groups were established in 2011.
The Turkish Ministry of Health published regulations on education with certification in 2010. Upon this, TSMS applied for “Sleep Medicine Physicians Certification Program” and “Sleep Technicians Certification Program” to be approved by the Ministry of Health nationwide.
TSMS published booklets or brochures for medical doctors dealing with sleep medicine or other branches.
TSMS Bulletin is being published twice in a year since 2006.
Educational booklets for the patients and the community have been published, including ‘What is healthy sleep?’, ‘Insomnia’, ‘Sleep apnea syndrome’, ‘Parasomnias’, ‘Restless legs syndrome’, and ‘Excessive daytime sleepiness’.
The copyrights for “The AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events: Rules, Terminology and Technical Specifications” was bought by TSMS and its Turkish translation was published in 2008.
In 2010, a book entitled ‘Physiology of Sleep and Its Disorders’ was published in Turkish to present basic physiology and disorders of sleep for physicians.
Finally, TSMS has bought the copyrights for “International Classification of Sleep Disorders (ICSD) II” for physicians and “Essentials of Sleep Technology” for sleep technicians.
TSMS conducted a nationwide epidemiological study all over the Turkey with 5000 participants in 2009, which was sponsored by Cephalon Europe and Gen Medicine. The first phase of the “Epidemiology of Turkish Sleep Disorder Study” was completed in 2010 and results were submitted for publication. The second phase of the study involving polysomnographic investigations is ongoing.