Headquartered in Darien, IL, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is the only professional society dedicated exclusively to the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine. As the leading voice in the field of sleep medicine, the AASM sets standards and promotes excellence in health care, education, and research. Established in 1975 as the Association of Sleep Disorders Centers, 8,500 physicians, researchers and healthcare professionals and 1,200 sleep centers are currently members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Members specialize in studying, diagnosing and treating disorders of sleep and daytime alertness such as insomnia, narcolepsy and obstructive sleep apnea.
The American Sleep Association (ASA) is a national organization focused on improving public awareness about sleep disorders and sleep health, promoting sleep medicine research, and providing a portal for communication between patients, physicians/healthcare professionals, corporations, and scientists. The ASA is a member-driven public service project that depends on volunteer efforts.
American Academy of Pediatrics—an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
The Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) / Société Canadienne du Sommeil (SCS) is a professional association of clinicians, scientists and technologists formed in June 1986 to further the advancement and understanding of sleep and its disorders through scientific study and public awareness.
In 2003 Dr. Darley originated the new field of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine by opening The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine in Seattle Washington. Dr. Darley’s interest in founding Naturopathic Sleep Medicine arises from the belief that since sleep is so basic and essential to health, it makes sense to use the most natural, least invasive therapies to help people obtain the sleep they need. The mission of The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine is to provide patient care, public education about sleep health, and research on natural treatments for sleep disorders.
The University of Notre Dame Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab is both a research and teaching laboratory.
Upperclass undergraduate students at Notre Dame gain firsthand experience conducting cutting-edge research examining issues of national and international significance. These issues include the safety of different sleep environments as well, as the physiological and/or psychological consequences of the choice of sleeping arrangements parents make.
Alerting the public, healthcare providers and policymakers to the life-and-death importance of adequate sleep is central to the mission of NSF. NSF is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Americans who suffer from sleep problems and disorders. This means helping the public better understand the importance of sleep and the benefits of good sleep habits, and recognizing the signs of sleep problems so that they can be properly
Postpartum Support International (PSI) was founded in 1987 by Jane Honikman in Santa Barbara, California. The purpose of the organization is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum. Approximately 15% of all women will experience postpartum depression following the birth of a child. Up to 10% will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy. When the mental health of the mother is compromised, it affects the entire family.
Throughout its long history, First Candle has been working to reduce the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), spearheading research, education parents, and bringing comfort to grieving families.
In 1987, forged through the merger of several national and regional SIDS groups from across the country, the SIDS Alliance was created to provide a single, focused entity dedicated to the elimination of SIDS. As a key partner in the national Back to Sleep campaign, the Alliance has been credited with helping save more than 25,000 babies’ lives, amounting to a drop of nearly 60 percent in the U.S., SIDS rate.