The History of Sleep Medicine

Dennis R. Bailey, Ronald Attanasio

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Sleep medicine as it is known today actually started as research and scientific study, not as clinical medicine. When one considers that sleep medicine today is in its infancy, it is obvious that there is much more to learn. The history of sleep dates back to the 1880s. However, the most significant developments that moved sleep forward into the practice of medicine, and eventually dentistry, occurred from the 1950s on. This article explores the highlights of the history of sleep and sleep medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-317
Number of pages5
JournalDental clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Dental sleep medicine
  • History
  • Oral appliances
  • Sleep medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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