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'CPAP' naps can help sleep disorder sufferers

Sleep disorder sufferers using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines sometimes stop using them. The reasons range from “I didn’t think it was helping,” to “I just couldn’t get used to having it on my face all night long.”

On Wednesday, April 16, lead polysomnographer Nicholas Gaffney CSE, RSPGT, RST, of the Samaritan Sleep Center in Albany, will explain how a “CPAP Nap” might be helpful. Gaffney will talk about how a scheduled afternoon nap at the Sleep Center allows the sleep medicine team to adjust a patient’s CPAP equipment, making it more comfortable and effective.

The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at Samaritan Albany General Hospital in conference room 2 on the third floor. Registration is appreciated; please call Samaritan Sleep Center in Albany at 541-812-5470 to register or for more information.

The  Dream On group aims to help those who suffer from a sleep disorder find the help and support they need, meeting throughout the year, with guest speakers presenting on topics related to sleep disorders.

New members and attendees are always welcome. Healthy snacks are served. To learn more about sleep disorders and treatments, visit