British Sleep Society Hands on meeting 2016, Cardiff‘The British Sleep Society (BSS) is a professional organisation for medical, scientific and healthcare workers caring for and studying sleep and its disorders. Our ultimate aim is to improve public health by promoting education and research into sleep and its disorders’The promise from the BSS did not disappoint. Every aspect of this conference was superb. It was well thought out with a variety of lecture topics, to its regimented time table and practical based workshops. The lecturers were given allocated time slots, none of which went over time but were still informative and did not feel rushed.This year was the first time the BSS ‘hands on’ meeting and the international sleep medicine conference coincided with each other. Introducing the two meetings allowed for a wider variety of health care professionals to attend, ranging from physiologists, doctors and nurses. This was a great opportunity for networking and allowed for a good insight into how other sleep departments are run in other European countries. The majority of talks were varied, although there were a few subjects that constantly crept into different lectures. The main sub-points were mostly about improving diagnostic testing and reducing waiting lists by introducing new diagnostic equipment.My colleague and I attended the hands on meeting that was spread over a two day period. As our course was based on practical experiences, there were beneficial workshops which ran in the afternoon, for example, analysing actigraphy and nocturnal polysomnography (NP), procedures for multiple sleep latency testing (MSLT) and maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT) and identifying the difference between parasomnias and epilepsy. The morning lectures covered some very interesting topics. These varied from paediatrics disorders to difficultly analysing adolescence sleep studies to the controversy of treating patient with ‘end of life’ conditions. Below describes a lecture I found most interesting;‘Lost in transition? Adolescent sleep’I found this talk extremely beneficial as they discussed the issues that arise when scoring adolescent sleep studies. Our lecturer Lizzie Hill is a registered Polysomnographic technologist who is currently completing her PhD and is a respected member of the BSS. She highlighted the physiological and psychological issues that interfere with interpreting EEG signals, such as the change from ‘early birds’ to becoming ‘night owls’ that follows brain maturation or social pressures that highly influence teenagers during this difficult transition in their lives. Lizzie further raised the issue of when a teenager ceases being classified under a child and fall into the adult rules. In scoring sleep studies she mentioned between the ages of 12 until 18 there is a grey area that needs to be further researched. Lizzie and her team are run a ‘sleep counselling’ service that is being offered to teenagers to encourage them to have better sleep hygiene and how to avoid the affects of ‘blue light’ stimulation with smart devices and coping techniques for anxiety. Overall, the conference was very informative, and my colleague and I would highly recommended attending future conferences held by the BSS. Every member of staff regardless of level within their department would benefit from the variety of lectures and interaction with fellow delegates within the discipline. The BSS organised two social events, a table quiz that consisted of questions about Wales and a Gala dinner where it was delightful to see everyone’s dance moves. Sleep safe.