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AASM Membership Sections Newsletter Issue #1
American Academy
of Sleep Medicine
Sleep Deprivation Section
Siobhan Banks, PhD
Melissa Mallis, PhD
Tracy Rupp, PhD
Francine James
Norah Simpson
About Us
The American Academy of Sleep
Medicine Sleep Deprivation Sec-
tion steering committee address-
es all issues related to sleep loss
– whether due to work demands,
sleep disorders, lifestyle or illness.
The committee is comprised of
researchers with operational,
experimental and clinical exper-
tise who can provide information
on the consequences of sleep loss
and appropriate countermeasures
to address the resultant sleepiness
and fatigue. Dr. Siobhan Banks
of the University of South Aus-
tralia, has been the Chair of the
committee since 2009, with Dr.
Melissa Mallis of M3Alertness
Management, LLC, as Vice-Chair.
Dr. Norah Simpson of Stanford
University, Dr. Tracy Rupp of the
Walter Reed Army Institute of
Research, and Dr. Francine James
of the Institutes for Behavior Re-
sources, also serve on the steering
Goals and
During the past twelve months,
the steering committee has worked
to develop and update educational
slide sets for specific groups work-
ing in environments where sleep
deprivation is common.
We first updated the SAFER,
or Sleep, Alertness and Fatigue
Education in Residency slide set.
This presentation is a 25-minute
narrated PowerPoint slide show
that provides an introduction
to the science of sleep and the
effects of sleep deprivation. The
SAFER slide set focuses on the
demands and stresses of medical
residency and provides practical
suggestions for residents to help
effectively manage fatigue and
sleepiness. Topics include the in-
fluence of circadian and homeo-
static processes, when and how
long to sleep, and what fatigue
countermeasures to use.
We have also worked on
developing an educational slide
set for truck drivers on fatigue
and how to reduce and manage
sleepiness in the unique work
conditions of the commercial
motor vehicle industry. Similar
to the SAFER slide set, “SAFE-T”
focuses on the specific issues
faced by truck drivers and pro-
vides targeted countermeasures
that may help alleviate fatigue.
The slide set also provides infor-
mation about sleep disorders, in-
cluding diagnosis and treatment
options, and healthy sleep habits.
Preliminary Agenda: Sleep Deprivation SLEEP
2012 Section Meeting
John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
Monday, June 11, 2012 from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Call to Order – Siobhan Banks, PhD,
Outgoing Chair
5:15 p.m.
General Business
5:15-5:20 p.m.
• Introduction of 2011-2012 Steering Committee
• Call for Volunteers: 2012-2013 Steering Committee
• Update of Section Activities
• Overview of SAFE-T
Section Investigator Award Presentation
5:20-5:45 p.m.
• Adrienne M. Tucker, PhD – University of Colorado, Boulder
Individual Differences in Lapses of Attention During Sleep
Deprivation are Stable Across the Biological Night and Sub-
sequent Biological Day
• Runner-up presentations
Group Discussion
5:45-6:10 p.m.
6:10-6:15 p.m.
6:15 p.m.
Membership Sections Reception
6:15-7:15 p.m.