About the American Sleep Medicine Foundation

The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable and scientific organization that was established in 1998 by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). As the leader in supporting sleep research and education, the ASMF has invested in the future of sleep medicine by awarding $9 million in grants.

Foundation Information

Board of Directors and Executive Board manage ASMF programs and activities.

Operating rules of the ASMF last revised June 2013.

2015 Annual Report
Detailed summary of ASMF activity in 2015.

2016 Donors
The ASMF is grateful for the generous support of the donors who made contributions in 2016.

Humanitarian Aid
The ASMF responds to natural disasters by offering valuable assistance to affected sleep disorders centers and patients.

Sleep Research Timeline
Important milestones in the history of sleep research.


The vision of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) is to enhance sleep health for all through research, education and humanitarian aid.


The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) will be the leading foundation promoting sleep research and education by:

  • Supporting the entry of young physicians and scientists into sleep research and academic sleep medicine
  • Funding strategic research
  • Supporting research and other initiatives that educate the public about sleep, sleep disorders and the individual and public health consequences of inadequate or disturbed sleep
  • Providing humanitarian aid to disadvantaged individuals with sleep disorders


In 1998, ASMF Founding President Dr. Wolfgang Schmidt-Nowara provided visionary leadership in laying the groundwork for the foundation. Originally called the Sleep Medicine Education and Research Foundation, the name was changed to the ASMF in 2003.