About this section

The Sleep Medicine Section’s purpose is to promote the understanding of sleep and its disorders thus promoting good health and best practice. The section through its meetings provides up-to-date information on sleep and sleep medicine to anyone who requires it.

The publication 'Expert consensus on minimum standards of practice in the use of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) 2019' is now available to RSM members. Download report here.

Section Council members

Section meetings and conferences are usually organised by members of the Section Council, led by the Section President and often in collaboration with specialist societies.

Interested in joining the Section Council?

Section Councils play a pivotal role at the RSM and we are always looking for members who would like to get involved. If you would like to apply, please complete our application form and a Council representative will be in touch.

Complete the application form

Dr Kirstie Anderson
Dr David O'Regan
President Elect
Professor Jim Horne
Honorary Secretary
Dr David O'Regan
Honorary Treasurer

Upcoming sleep medicine events and webinars

View all events and webinars being run by the Sleep Medicine Section.

Prizes & awards

Sleep Medicine Section: Student Essay Prize


  • First prize: £300, and invited to deliver a presentation on the topic of their essay at a Sleep Section meeting at the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Second prize: £200
  • Third prize: £100

Submission deadline: 

Tuesday 7 December 2021

Meeting date: 


Open to:

Pre-clinical, clinical medical and dental undergraduate students

Title of the essay this year: TBC

The aim of this prize is to promote discussion and understanding of sleep medicine and its relevance to current medical practice.

The three highest-scoring essays will be shortlisted for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize respectively. The entrant awarded the 1st prize will be invited to deliver a presentation on the topic of their essay at a Sleep Section meeting at the Royal Society of Medicine.

  • Essays should be no longer than 1000 words. The word count does not include the reference list
  • References should be formatted in Harvard style. There is no limit for the number of references used
  • There should be no more than 1 figure and 1 table
  • The name of the author should not be included in the essay
  • The essay should be entirely your own original work, and should not have been previously published

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