Educational opportunity - CME Day:  "Sleep EEG Neurology"
Presented by: Queen's University and Kingston General Hospital in partnership with CSS
Date: Saturday 29 October 2016 from 08:45 to 15:45 (CME/CEC 6.0 hours) View the program and register.

Venue: Donald Gordon Centre, 421 Union St., Kingston, ON 

Description: Electroencephalography (EEG) provides a window on the brain and is an interface between neurology and sleep medicine. EEG is used to investigate epilepsy and other disorders that influence brain activity including neurodegenerative disorders, dementias, certain psychoses, and sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. The goal of this CME is to provide a participant-centered and case-based learning program to review neurological and sleep disorders where unusual behaviours are a key presenting symptom.

1.    Outline clinical considerations and diagnostic procedures in the diagnosis of parasomnia disorder, sleep-related movement disorders and narcolepsy.
2.    Describe how sleep-related paroxysmal events of epileptic origin may be differentiated from those of non-epileptic origin.
3.    Using the example of REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) and Parkinson's Disease, the use of polysomnography as an early marker of neurodegeneration will be discussed.
4.    Review case studies with unusual behaviours identified during EEG or polysomnography (PSG).
5.    Discuss the use, and usefulness, of novel off-the-shelf technology for assessing sleep.

View the website or brochure.

8th Conference of the Canadian Sleep Society
April 28-30, 2017
Hyatt Regency in Calgary, Alberta

We are looking forward to hosting sleep professionals in beautiful and vibrant downtown Calgary!

The biennial conference of the CSS is renowned for a high quality scientific program including top notch keynote speakers, symposia, and poster presentations. There will be industry exhibits to showcase the latest products, services and expertise. And as always, there will be numerous opportunities to learn from experts and network with peers. More information will be posted as the scientific program develops so visit the site regularly to find out what all the excitement is about.

For more information, visit our conference website, where you will find a list of keynote speakers and industry exhibitors (we’re almost booked up!).

Please note the deadlines this fall for symposium (September 30th 2016) and abstracts (November 15, 2016.).

See you in Calgary April 28-30, 2017!

1) There are THREE open positions on the CSS executive board (members-at-large) for: 1) Website, 2) Media and 3) Membership. Nominations will remain open until June 13, 2016 at the CSS AGM.  More details about the positions can be found at the CSS website. Send nominations (for yourself or others) to Dr. Shelly Weiss at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 2) The CSS AGM will be held from 6:30-8:00pm on Monday June 13th, 2016 at the Denver Athletic Club (https://www.denverathleticclub.cc/) in the Grand Ballroom. The AGM will be preceded by a 1-hr cocktail from 5:30-6:30pm in the room and followed by a social event from 8:00pm till 9:30pm with drinks and appetizers. You can download or print the pdf flyer for details..

 3) Not a CSS member? Well, then you cannot be on the Executive board or attend the AGM! Not sure if you renewed CSS membership? Check your membership status or renew online. Please note: our website is currently undergoing necessary updates, and so it may not be functional at all times. We recommend you check back to the website periodically or just come to the AGM to renew in person.

Several CSS executive board positions (member-at-large) are open for nomination, including:  1) Website, 2) Media and 3) Membership.

You may nominate yourself or a colleague - providing the nominee agrees to be nominated.

These are the generic duties of all members of the executive board of the CSS:

  1. Attend CSS executive meetings (twice a year) and the AGM. In the event that you cannot attend a meeting, you are required to submit a written report.
  2. Request items for “Vigilance” via e-mail requests to the executive. Collate the articles and format for publishing on the website.
  3. Represent the CSS at meetings such as funding agencies e.g. CIHR, or events hosted by other societies, if required.
  4. Contribute to educational activities, for example the scientific conference or CME events.
  5. Assist in obtaining sponsorship or exhibitors for educational activities of the CSS.
  6. Liaise with our office about updates to the website and any notice to be sent out via e-mail

Note: The CSS will pay for expenses incurred to attend the second meeting, including one or two nights at the hotel and travel expenses, but does not cover expenses associated with attending the AGM (which is at APSS bi-annually, and at the CSS meeting alternate years). Members pay for their own travel costs and submit a claim form with original receipts to the CSS office. 

Responsibilities in each of the portfolios include:


  1. Manage clinic listing and membership requests
  2. Oversee website maintenance and updates
  3. Coordinate web-related activities of other board members
  4. Oversee maintenance of CSS-related “sister sites” e.g., wikipedia, linked in, facebook, twitter, google account. Note: some of these are under portfolio of student representative.
  5. Manage executive member email accounts 
  6. Send email communications to members and lists; maintain membership database on website
  7. Liaise with PCO re: website at conference time (e.g., linking to PCO site)
  8. Facilitating translation of static pages on website
  9. Posting brochures, news items, and publications as requested by other board members
  10. Keeping sleep links active and searching for new sleep material to post


  1. Report on numbers of members at meetings of the executive and AGM of the CSS/SCS. Liaise with our office about updates and the on-line membership renewals.
  2. Membership drives. Coordinate ideas of the board members to increase membership.
  3. Preparing written information about the benefits of membership to go along with the notice about membership renewals. Membership renewal notices are sent out by our office via e-mail.


  1. Responding to media requests that will usually be triaged via the website through our administrative office 
  2. Contact with public upon request
  3. Liaising with authors to maintain/update CSS public education brochures that are posted on the website,
  4. Other Knowledge Translation initiatives.
  5. Updating periodically the ‘Ask The Expert’ list of CSS members who are willing to respond to media requests

New this year, we are pleased to introduce the CSS Technologist Service Award.

Each year the CSS recognizes an individual technologist member in good standing for their professional excellence, service and commitment to the Society. This award honours and recognizes a CSS member who has made significant contributions to the growth and development of the sleep technology profession. Nominations are encouraged. Applicants should submit an essay to the Society, outlining the work and contributions that provided growth and development for the sleep technology profession.

The CSS Technologist Service Award recipient will be recognized at the CSS Annual General Meeting, and receive a certificate, a cheque for $300.00, and a one year membership to the CSS.

Deadline for submission: May 20th, 2016.

Winners will be notified by June 1 2016.

Please submit applications to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 2016 competition for the Best Abstract by a CSS Trainee is now open. New this year, we are pleased to introduce the CSS Technologist Service Award (details below).

Each year the CSS holds a competition for CSS student members for the best abstract submitted (to either SLEEP in the U.S., or CSS when conferences are held in Canada). The competition is open to trainees (undergraduate or graduate students) who are current CSS members. The award applicant must be the first author on the abstract presented at the SLEEP 2016 meeting in Denver.

The CSS Student Abstract Award recipient will be recognized at the CSS Annual General Meeting in Denver, and receive a certificate, a cheque for $300.00, and a one year membership to the CSS.

Deadline for submission: May 20, 2016

Winners will be notified by June 1 2016.

Please submit applications to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


World Sleep Federation (WSF) and World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) have collaborated to found the World Sleep Society representing both individual sleep professionals and sleep societies.  WSF and WASM will merge into one organization serving individual and society members.  

Mission Statement:  The goal and purpose of the World Sleep Society is to advance knowledge about sleep, circadian rhythms, sleep health, and sleep disorders worldwide, especially in those parts of the world where this knowledge has not advanced sufficiently. - Read more -

Programs:  World Sleep Society will continue to operate programs of both the WSF and WASM.   Programs consist of education, awareness, and member services and include the following specific activities:

  1. World Sleep congress in Prague October 7-11, 2017.
  2. Educational curriculum within the sleep medicine and research area.
  3. Exam offering to individuals and sleep societies
  4. World Sleep Day, an annual awareness program on March 17, 2017.
  5. Membership services including member directory, job board, and discounted education options.

About WSF:  The World Sleep Federation (WSF) is an international organization that was founded in 1988 comprised of seven charter members - Read more -

About WASM:  WASM’s fundamental mission is to advance sleep health worldwide.  WASM fulfills the mission by promoting and encouraging education, research and patient care through the world, particularly in those parts where the practice of sleep medicine is less developed. - Read more -

How To Get Involved:  The World Sleep Society will continue all WASM and WSF programs.   Members can get involved in the following ways:

  1. Join as an individual or society member.  Members receive online access to Sleep Medicine, included in online directory, and are eligible for discounts on educational courses and World Sleep congress.
  2. Become a World Sleep Day delegate by working with local media to spread awareness of sleep issues.   A press kit and detailed information is available at www.worldsleepday.org.
  3. Serve on a committee.  The World Sleep Society is accepting applications for the Education Committee.  Members will be notified of opportunities for additional committees and leadership positions as they become available.
  4. Attend our next congress World Sleep October 7-11, 2017 in the beautiful city of Prague.  Details are available at www.worldsleepcongress.com.   

About World Sleep Society

World Sleep Society's (WSS) fundamental mission is to advance sleep health worldwide.  - Read more -World Sleep Society Representatives

President: Clete Kushida (United States, WSF)
President elect: Charles Morin (Canada, WASM)
Secretary: Yuichi Inoue (Japan, WSF)
Treasurer: Thomas Penzel (Germany, WASM) 

Governing Council: 
Africa: Shahira Loza (Egypt, WASM)
Asia: SB Hong (Republic of Korea, WASM)
Europe: Luigi Ferini-Strambi (Italy, WASM)
North America: Carlos Schenck (United States, WASM)
South America: Dalva Poyares (Brazil, WASM)
ASA: Maree Barnes (Australia, WSF)
ASRS: Hrudananada Mallick (India, WSF)
CSS: Kimberly Cote (Canada, WSF)
ESRS: Philippe Peigneux (France, WSF)
SRS: Kathryn Reid (United States, WSF)

Transitional Advisory Committee:
Richard Allen (United States, WASM)
Colin Espie (United Kingdom, WSF)
Clete Kushida (United States, WSF)
Claudia Trenkwalder (Germany, WASM)
Allan O’Bryan (United States, WASM Executive Director)
Anthony Williams (Australia, WSF Executive Director)

The Canadian Sleep Society is an associate society member of the World Sleep Society.  Due to this partnership CSS members receive free online and app access to Elsevier’s Sleep Medicine journal.  To claim your access please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your full name and email.  You will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to claim your access to Sleep Medicine within 3-4 weeks.

Thirty years of past presidents and founders got together to talk about the origins, past, present and future of the Canadian Sleep Society.

30 years

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The Good Night Fairy children's book series, will help make bedtime stories fun and informative for parents and children alike.


Written in verse and beutifully illustrated, this delightful children's book series aims to help children make bedtime and sleeping through the night a positive and empowering experience.

The latest book in the series The Good night Fairy Helps Via Change Her Dream educates readers about the stages of the sleep cycle, emphasizes the importance of sleep, and empowers children to take an active role in their own dream world with a child-friendly guide to becoming lucid dreamer!