Current controversies in sleep medicine

Joint Royal Society of Medicine, Sleep Section / British Sleep Society Webinar

Monday 16th November 2020 

1:00pm to 5:00pm


This meeting aims to educate attendees about the most common forms of sleep disorders seen routinely within the NHS, and in particular aims to provide support with tacking areas of difficult decision making and recent scientific advances.

Attendees can expect to:

  • The treatment of mild obstructive sleep apnoea given unprecedented demand on sleep services and a very recent review of the evidence base for investigation and management of obstructive sleep apnoea by NICE
  • The challenges of sleepy drivers, the known science to help advise patients and the medical, legal and ethical issues around driving, sleepiness and road safety in an increasingly challenging blame culture
  • Are painkillers more dangerous than sleep tablets? Understand the impact of hypnotics and painkillers. The mismatch between strict prescribing restriction on hypnotics but less regulation of other sedatives and opioid painkillers.
  • The challenges of diagnosing and treating idiopathic hypersomnia, understanding of the limitations of the tests and potential side effects of the therapies

This is the first combined meeting of the British Sleep Society and the Sleep Medicine section of the RSM, bringing together two different groups of health professionals.

Join us in this interactive meeting conducted in a debate format, with a speaker for and against the motion, and giving the audience the opportunity to ask questions and cast their votes. Additionally, join Professor Jerome Siegel, a world expert in the mysteries of REM sleep for a masterclass on the current and future directions of REM sleep research and narcolepsy.

BSS Full Member - £20.00

BSS Entry Level Member - £10.00

BSS Student Member - £10.00



Key speakers

Professor Jerome Siegel

Director of the Center for Sleep Research, UCLA Department of Psychiatry, California

Speaker's biography

Professor Siegel works at one of the oldest and most prestigious sleep research institutes in the world attracting many researchers and clinicians. He is internationally known for his decades of work on the control and disorders of REM sleep.

Doctor Paul Reading

Neurologist, James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough

Speaker's biography

Dr Reading is the past president of the British Sleep Society, and specialises in CNS hypersomnias. He has advised the DVLA on driving and has more experience of the novel stimulant therapies in the UK than any other centres.