In Reply:

We welcome the important development in training opportunities for anesthesiologists in sleep medicine referred to in the letter of Brown et al.  that was written about our freestanding Editorial View.1This visionary step recognizes the growing importance of knowledge of sleep and its disorders to anesthesiology, not only in terms of clinical practice but also in understanding the nature of anesthesia-induced unconsciousness itself. These are the concerns of the nascent Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine,‡which will help support these activities. Given the relevance of sleep biology and sleep medicine to anesthesiology, we hope that many anesthesiologists will take an active interest in this area and some will choose to specialize in it.

†University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. frances.chung@uhn.on.ca

Reference

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Chung F, Hillman D, Lydic R: Sleep medicine and anesthesia: A new horizon for anesthesiologists. Anesthesiology 2011; 114:1261–2