Sociedad Española de Sueño (SES)

Spanish Sleep Society (SSS)




Dr. Joaquín Terán Santos

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.)

Clinical Neurophysiology (40%), Respiratory (15%), Pediatrics (6%), Neurology (5%), Psychiatry (4%), Orthodontics (4%), Basic Research (6%), Other (20%).

Historical perspective of the society

The SES (initially named AIPS) was founded in 1991 and has organized so far 21 Annual Meetings in Spain. The celebration of the XIV European Congress of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) (September 1998, Madrid) and the upcoming 5th World Congress on Sleep Medicine (September 2013, Valencia) organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) and the Spanish Sleep Society (SES), reflect the international projection of our society and its members.
Our society has become the main reference in Sleep Medicine in Spain and has grown vigourously over the last years, with the incorporation of different specialties (pediatricians, pulmonologists, general practitioners, clinical neurophysiologists, neurologists, etc.).

Important sleep physicians / researchers in the history of the NSS

Clinical research (alphabetically): F. Barbe, J. Durán, D. García-Borreguero, A. Iranzo, F. Masa, J. Montserrat, J. Nieto, R. Peraita, J. Puertas, T. Quera-Salva, J. Terán, T. Sagalés, J. Santamaria, A. Vela.
Basic research (alphabetically): M. Barbanoj, I. de Andrés, M. Garzón, J. Gaztelu, F. Reinoso-Suarez, R. Rial.

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

Comité Español de Acreditación en Medicina del Sueño (CEAMS): Multidisciplinary Accreditation endorsed by the main scientific societies in Spain (Respiratory, Neurology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics) under the umbrella of the Spanish Sleep Society:

  • Accreditation of Sleep Medicine Centers
  • Accreditation of Professionals in Sleep Medicine

Educational programs

Master in Neuroscience in Sleep (Universidad Autónoma, Madrid), Master in Sleep Medicine (Pablo Olavide University, Sevilla),
Advanced multidisciplinary Courses: Burgos, Lleida (Hot-Topics in Sleep Apnea)
Spanish Society of Neurology (Monasterio de los Avellanes, Lleida).

Present activities, working groups, task forces

5th World Congress on Sleep Medicine (Valencia, Sept 28 – Oct 3, 2013).
Diagnostic and therapeutic guidelines:

  • Guidelines in OSA: GrupoEspañol de Sueño. Consenso nacional sobre el síndrome de apneashipopneas del sueño. Arch Bronconeumol, 2005; 41(Suppl 4):1-110 (Spanish).
  • Guidelines in pediatric OSA: Alonso-Álvarez ML et al. Arch Bronconeumol. 2011;47(Suppl 5):2-18 (Spanish).
  • Standards and Recommendations for Sleep Units, carried out in the Quality Agency of the spanish Ministry of Health.
  • Guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome (Spanish Sleep Society and Spanish Neurological Society).


Journal VIGILIA-SUEÑO (since 1991)