The AASM is conducting a Congressional Forum on Sleep Medicine in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 4, from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. to educate lawmakers and their staff in the U.S. House of Representatives on the importance of effective sleep and the essential role of the sleep medicine and sleep research communities. The forum will highlight the relationship between sleep and comorbid medical conditions; public health issues, such as auto accidents; and learning ability for school children.  Fatigue management and the importance of sleep-related research also will be highlighted.

The forum will include presentations by four sleep experts: Patrick Strollo, MD; Nancy Collop, MD; James Walsh, PhD; and David Dinges, PhD. Lunch also will be provided.

To ensure that the forum is well attended, the AASM is asking members to contact the D.C. office of your elected official in the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss this forum and urge his or her attendance.  The AASM has provided a script that you can use when making phone calls and sending follow-up emails.  Also available are promotional flyers in PDF format (in color and black and white) that you can provide to your representative’s office.  In addition to calling the office of your representative, please share this information with your colleagues and encourage their involvement.

The official sponsor for this event is Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), whose district includes the AASM national office. AASM staff have worked closely with her office to plan this forum.

For more information about the Congressional Forum on Sleep Medicine, contact either Bruce Blehart or Ted Thurn by calling 630-737-9700 or sending an email to or

Download the AASM Script for Contacting Your Representative

Download Promotional Flyer for AASM Congressional Forum on Sleep Medicine  (Color Version)

Download Promotional Flyer for AASM Congressional Forum on Sleep Medicine  (Black and White Version)