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IPSA Congress 2016 - Taiwan March 11-13, 2016
Dear Friends, On behalf of the organizing committee, we are extremely happy to invite you to participate in the
IV International Pediatric Sleep Association Congress (IPSA 2016) which will be held on March 11-13, 2016, in Taipei International Convention Center, located in the heart of Taipei, Taiwan.

We sincerely hope the beauty of our city and the theme of our conference will attract you all. The IPSA 2016 serves as a premier event on the international calendar of pediatric sleep bringing together physicians, educators, basic scientists, sleep technician and clinical investigators from hospitals, industry, and academia to present and share the latest cutting-edge research results and innovative solutions in the related fields. We believe you will have a fruitful and enjoyable time during your stay in Taipei based on our solid program and the hospitality of Taipei, Taiwan aka “Formosa”.(“beautiful in Portuguese”) island, as used by the Portuguese mariners centuries ago to describe Taiwan Look forward to seeing you in Taipei, Taiwan in 2016! Best Regards, Dr. Yu-Shu Huang, Chair of IPSA 2016 and Local Organizer Dr. Daniel KK Ng, Co-Chair of IPSA 2016 Dr. Oliviero Bruni, President of IPSA Dr. Chia-Mo Lin, President of Taiwan Society of Sleep Medicine   read more...

IPSA Congress 2014 - Porto Alegre - Brazil - Sunday, September 29, 2013

It is my pleasure to present the
III Congress of the International Pediatric Sleep Association (IPSA) - Porto Alegre (Brazil) 3-5 December 2014.

The importance of sleep for health, learning and psychomotor development in infancy, childhood and adolescence has been emphasized in the pediatric research in the last two decades and it has become more and more evident that ensuring a good sleep during development is of key importance for a later healthy life.
The IPSA Congress is an influential forum for sleep practitioners from around the world to network and exchange views, whilst learning from world-class researchers about the latest scientific and clinical developments in the field.
The success of the last two Congresses in Rome 2010 and Manchester 2012 has highlighted the magnitude of Pediatric Sleep Medicine in the scientific community and we hope that the 2014 Congress will provide a perfect balance between didactic and practical needs, in order to provide the technical knowhow and up-to-date knowledge that will enable participants to improve their practice.
As traditional for IPSA, the most renowned International opinion leaders in the field of Pediatric Sleep Medicine speakers will join the Congress and will highlight the recent significant advances in both basic science and clinical sleep medicine during development.
I hope that the world paediatric sleep community will gather together in the lively city of Porto Alegre to celebrate the best clinical practice and the latest advances in Pediatric Sleep Medicine.

Oliviero Bruni
President of the International Pediatric Sleep Association


IPSA Congress 5-7 december 2012 - Manchester City (UK)

IPSA Congress 5-7th December 2012 - Manchester (UK)  


IPSA 2010 - Abstract Book




Guia SAOS Infantil Espanola

New guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of OSA in children published by the Spanish Pediatric Sleep Group. (available only in Spanish)



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Sleepiness at the wheel across Europe: a survey of 19 countries.
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Sleepiness at the wheel across Europe: a survey of 19 countries.

J Sleep Res. 2015 Jun;24(3):242-53

Authors: Gonçalves M, Amici R, Lucas R, Åkerstedt T, Cirignotta F, Horne J, Léger D, McNicholas WT, Partinen M, Téran-Santos J, Peigneux P, Grote L

The European Sleep Research Society aimed to estimate the prevalence, determinants and consequences of falling asleep at the wheel. In total, 12 434 questionnaires were obtained from 19 countries using an anonymous online questionnaire that collected demographic and sleep-related data, driving behaviour, history of drowsy driving and accidents. Associations were quantified using multivariate logistic regression. The average prevalence of falling asleep at the wheel in the previous 2 years was 17%. Among respondents who fell asleep, the median prevalence of sleep-related accidents was 7.0% (13.2% involved hospital care and 3.6% caused fatalities). The most frequently perceived reasons for falling asleep at the wheel were poor sleep in the previous night (42.5%) and poor sleeping habits in general (34.1%). Falling asleep was more frequent in the Netherlands [odds ratio = 3.55 (95% confidence interval: 1.97; 6.39)] and Austria [2.34 (1.75; 3.13)], followed by Belgium [1.52 (1.28; 1.81)], Portugal [1.34 (1.13, 1.58)], Poland [1.22 (1.06; 1.40)] and France [1.20 (1.05; 1.38)]. Lower odds were found in Croatia [0.36 (0.21; 0.61)], Slovenia [0.62 (0.43; 0.89)] and Italy [0.65 (0.53; 0.79)]. Individual determinants of falling asleep were younger age; male gender [1.79 (1.61; 2.00)]; driving ≥20 000 km year [2.02 (1.74; 2.35)]; higher daytime sleepiness [7.49 (6.26; 8.95)] and high risk of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome [3.48 (2.78; 4.36) in men]. This Pan European survey demonstrates that drowsy driving is a major safety hazard throughout Europe. It emphasizes the importance of joint research and policy efforts to reduce the burden of sleepiness at the wheel for European drivers.

PMID: 25581328 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Sleep characteristics as predictor variables of stress systems markers in insomnia disorder.
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Sleep characteristics as predictor variables of stress systems markers in insomnia disorder.

J Sleep Res. 2015 Jun;24(3):296-304

Authors: Floam S, Simpson N, Nemeth E, Scott-Sutherland J, Gautam S, Haack M

This study investigates the extent to which sleep characteristics serve as predictor variables for inflammatory, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal and autonomic systems markers. Twenty-nine participants with a diagnosis of insomnia disorder based on the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (age 25.3 ± 1.6 years, insomnia duration 6.6 ± 0.8 years) and 19 healthy control sleepers (age 25.4 ± 1.4 years) underwent a 2-week at-home evaluation keeping a sleep diary and wearing an actigraph, followed by a visit to the Research Center to measure blood pressure, and collect blood and urine samples. The actigraphy- and diary-based variables of sleep duration, sleep-onset latency, wake after sleep onset and sleep fragmentation/number of night-time awakenings were averaged and entered as dependent variables in regression analyses. Composite scores were calculated for the autonomic (blood pressure, norepinephrine), inflammatory (monocyte counts, interleukin-6, C-reactive protein) and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal systems (cortisol), and used as predictor variables in regression models. Compared with controls, individuals with insomnia had a shorter sleep duration (P < 0.05), and a higher hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal and inflammatory composite score (P < 0.05). The higher inflammatory score was mainly due to higher circulating monocytes (P < 0.05), rather than differences in interleukin-6 or C-reactive protein. In persistent insomnia disorder, cortisol is upregulated and associated with actigraphy- and diary-based wake after sleep onset, suggesting that wake after sleep onset may serve as a marker to identify individuals at increased risks for disorders associated with a hyperactive hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system. The absence of autonomic and pro-inflammatory changes (interleukin-6, C-reactive protein), despite a substantial decrease in actigraphic sleep duration, may relate to a higher resilience to the adverse biological consequences of insomnia in this young age group.

PMID: 25524529 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Sleep characteristics, chronotype and winter depression in 10-20-year-olds in northern European Russia.
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Sleep characteristics, chronotype and winter depression in 10-20-year-olds in northern European Russia.

J Sleep Res. 2015 Jun;24(3):288-95

Authors: Borisenkov MF, Petrova NB, Timonin VD, Fradkova LI, Kolomeichuk SN, Kosova AL, Kasyanova ON

The purpose of this work was to examine the relationships between geographical coordinates and the prevalence of winter depression (SADW ), and to compare the sleep characteristics and chronotype of youths with and without SADW . We conducted a cross-sectional study of self-reported sleep characteristics, chronotype and winter depression in northern European Russia. Two questionnaires, the Munich Chronotype Questionnaire (MCTQ) and the Seasonal Pattern Assessment Questionnaire (SPAQ), were administered to a total of 3435 adolescents aged 10-20 years (1517 males and 1918 females). The prevalence of SADW in the study population was 8.4% and sub-SADW 11.8%. Four variables predicted the likelihood of SADW in youths: sex [higher in females: odds ratio (OR): 1.87, P < 0.0001], age (increases with age: OR: 1.09, P < 0.001), latitude (higher in the North: OR: 1.49, P < 0.029) and position in the time zone (higher in the West: OR: 1.61, P < 0.001). Later sleeping and waking, longer sleep latencies, more severe sleep inertia, shorter total sleep times and lower sleep efficiencies were observed in both males and females with SADW . The influence of SADW on sleep characteristics was more pronounced on school days. Significant phase delays of the sleep-wake rhythm and severe social jetlag (the difference between the mid-point of sleep phase at weekends and on workdays) were observed in females with SADW , but not in males. There are significant differences in sleep characteristics and chronotype between people with SADW and no-SAD. We demonstrate that both latitude of residence and location within the time zone are significant predictors of SADW in young inhabitants of the North.

PMID: 25431234 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

What are postpartum women doing while the rest of the world is asleep?
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What are postpartum women doing while the rest of the world is asleep?

J Sleep Res. 2015 Jun;24(3):270-8

Authors: McBean AL, Montgomery-Downs HE

Large individual differences characterize maternal postpartum sleep and adjustment. Our goal was to explore aspects of mothers' nocturnal environments and behaviours that may explain differences in postpartum adjustment. A total of 201 mothers of infants aged 0-6 months completed an online survey with demographics, number and duration of nocturnal awakenings, caretaking behaviours, environment and nocturnal activities during 'one typical night during the past week'. Mothers reported 2.9 [standard deviation (SD) ± 1.7] nocturnal awakenings, each lasting 33.9 (SD ± 22.5) min. Infant age was related inversely to duration but unrelated to number of awakenings. Falling asleep while feeding was less frequent among exclusively formula-feeders. Among the entire sample, mothers used a cellphone (59%), backlit tablet (25%), TV (20%) and computer (16%) during nocturnal awakenings. Watching TV and using a computer were each associated with longer nocturnal awakenings. Eighty-nine per cent of women used ≥1 extra light source during nocturnal awakenings: night light (35%), light from a cracked door (28%), desk lamp (25%), electronic device (19%) or room light (14%). Light source(s) was unrelated to number or duration of nocturnal awakenings. These data suggest that, although supplemental light sources were not associated with awakenings, TV and computer use accounted for longer awakenings. Feeding method and technology use may help to explain individual differences in postpartum adjustments and may be targets for more effective interventions.

PMID: 25431167 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Toddler's self-regulation strategies in a challenge context are nap-dependent.
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Toddler's self-regulation strategies in a challenge context are nap-dependent.

J Sleep Res. 2015 Jun;24(3):279-87

Authors: Miller AL, Seifer R, Crossin R, Lebourgeois MK

Early childhood represents a time of developmental changes in both sleep and self-regulation, a construct reflecting the ability to control one's behaviour, attention and emotions when challenged. Links between sleep and self-regulation processes have been proposed, but experimental evidence with young children is lacking. In the current study, we tested the effects of acute sleep restriction (nap deprivation) on toddlers' self-regulation. Healthy children (n = 12; four males; aged 30-36 months (33.9 ± 1.7)) slept on a strict schedule (verified with actigraphy and sleep diaries) for 5 days before each of two afternoon assessments following a nap and a no-nap condition (~11-day protocol). Children were videotaped while attempting an unsolvable puzzle, and 10 mutually exclusive self-regulation strategies were later coded. On average, children lost ~90 min of sleep on the no-nap versus the nap day. Nap deprivation resulted in moderate-to-large effects on self-regulation strategies, with decreases in scepticism (d = 0.77; 7% change), negative self-appraisal (d = 0.92; 5% change) and increases in physical self-soothing (d = 0.68; 10% change), focus on the puzzle piece that would not fit (perseveration; d = 0.50; 9% change) and insistence on completing the unsolvable puzzle (d = 0.91; 10% change). Results suggest that sleep serves an important role in the way that toddlers respond to challenging events in their daily lives. After losing daytime sleep, toddlers were less able to engage effectively in a difficult task and reverted to less mature self-regulation strategies than when they were well rested. Over time, chronically missed sleep may impair young children's self-regulation abilities, resulting in risk for social-emotional, behavioural and school problems.

PMID: 25394169 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


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