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A peek into the sleep medicine field and why it would make a fulfilling career for you

About Sleep Medicine

Sleep medicine is a medical subspecialty devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of sleep disorders. Sleep disorders are widespread and can have significant consequences for affected individuals. Left untreated, sleep disorders increase the risk of chronic medical problems such as obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression and stroke. Sleep medicine is an exciting and challenging integrative field covering much of the human body including the pulmonary, endocrine, respiratory, muscular and nervous systems.

Why Choose Sleep

Enter a field with long-term growth potential and the opportunity to positively impact a large population of patients! With an estimated 70 million Americans suffering from some sort of sleep problem, there is an expected increase in demand for sleep physicians to work with these patients who face sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, that can lead to increased risk of heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer if untreated. By choosing sleep, you choose to help millions of patients find a solution to better sleep.

Pathway to Sleep Medicine

Following successful completion of an accredited medical school curriculum, those interested in sleep medicine enter a residency in a specialty that can lead into a sleep medicine subspecialty. 


Primary Specialty In:

Internal Medicine, Psychiatry,  Neurology,  Family Medicine, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics or Anesthesiology.


Complete a one year sleep medicine fellowship in a training program that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


Every two years, a board certification exam in sleep medicine is offered by six member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).


Career options for sleep physicians include:

Patient Care, Education, Administration, Research, or other Hybrid Opportunities

Helpful Resources

Join the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for FREE

Free membership is available to Students and Residents. Become a member of the AASM to stay at the forefront of the clinical practice of sleep medicine. Join today for $0. Learn More.

mentor program

Find an AASM Mentor

As an AASM member you can enroll to search the database of participating sleep physician mentors ready to provide you with the professional development resources, tools, and encouragement to help you succeed in sleep medicine.

A Day in the Life of Dr. Skiba



Sleep medicine physicians spend their time working in hospitals and sleep facilities. They also see patients in their offices. According to a 2012 survey conducted by the AASM, most of their work involves clinical consultations and interpretations of sleep studies.

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