Slovene Sleep Society

Slovenska Skupina za spanje


Dr. Barbara Gnidovec Stražišar

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.)

40% Neurologists, 20% Pneumologists, 10% Pediatricians, 10% Psychiatrists,
10% Clinical Psychologists, 5% ENT, 5% Neuroradiologists

Historical perspective of the society

The society was founded in Ljubljana in 2005 with the aim of integrating sleep research and sleep medicine in different medical fields. Since then, Sleep Medicine and its diagnostic procedures became recognized by Health Authorities in Slovenia.

Important sleep physicians / researchers in the history of the NSS

Leja Dolenc Grošelj, Barbara Gnidovec Stražišar, Matjaž Fležar, Jasmina Gabrijelčič, Igor Fajdiga

Number of Sleep Medicine Centers (link to their titles and locations)

Number of Sleep Research Centers (link to their titles and locations)

Accreditation / Certification procedure

None at present.

Educational programs

  • Sleep Medicine is the part of teaching program at the Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana.
  • Sleep Medicine is included in different postgraduate courses for neurologists, psychiatrists, and pediatricians (from 1 week to 6 months)
  • Continuing education for sleep technologists (6 months)
  • Continuing education in sleep medicine for MD (as part of 6 months EEG course)
  • Short educational courses are organized for general doctors
  • Sleep Medicine is part of the PhD program at the Medical Faculty.

Present activities, working groups, task forces

  • “Sleep January”: Annual Sleep congress with workshops, keynote lectures and oral presentations organized by Slovene Sleep Society.
  • Every year’s students research award (“Presern award”).
  • Providing guidelines for the assessment of the ability to drive in patients with sleep disorders.
  • Providing guidelines for general doctors regarding referrals to sleep centers.


Numerous different activities are organised by the Sleep Society; e.g. World sleep day and European Narcolepsy day.