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NECC Professor Talks Sleep at Burlington Library

Submitted by on October 5, 2016 – 4:24 pm
John Murray presentation on "Did You Sleep Well Last Night?"

John Murray will present on “Did You Sleep Well Last Night?”

Are you one of the 50 to 70 million adults in the United States who have difficulty sleeping? If yes, you may want to attend Northern Essex Community College Professor John Murray’s Thursday, October 20, presentation at the Burlington (MA) Public Library titled “Did You Sleep Well Last Night?” Free and open to the public, the presentation will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library, 22 Sears St., Burlington.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Burlington Public Library, as part of its Third Thursday Program Series. Light refreshments will be served.

Sleep issues affect all ages from babies who can’t sleep through the night, to teens who simply don’t get enough sleep, to elderly people who suffer from insomnia. While having a few sleepless nights can be frustrating, undiagnosed sleep issues can also threaten a person’s health, leading to stroke, hypertension, or heart failure.

In this presentation, Murray, coordinator of the Sleep Technology Program at Northern Essex, will provide a general overview of sleep issues.

Murray is a registered respiratory therapist as well as a registered polysomnographic technologist. He earned an Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy from Newbury College and a Bachelor of Science in Polysomnography from California College of Health Science.

Before joining the Northern Essex faculty in 2007, he worked at the Maine Sleep Institute at Maine Medical Center, where he was the manager of the service. Prior to that, he was the director of Rehabilitation Services at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro N.H. where he was responsible for clinical operations in cardiopulmonary care, cardiac rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology, and long term care patient activities.

Northern Essex offers a sleep technologist certificate which prepares students for a career in sleep medicine. The program includes classroom study, laboratory practice, and clinical experiences. Most sleep technologists work in sleep labs, often associated with hospitals, helping to diagnose sleep disorders.

This presentation is made possible through the Northern Essex Community College Speakers Bureau. For more information on the speakers’ bureau, visit the college’s website  or contact Ernie Greenslade, director of public relations, at 978-556-3862 or

For more information on the October 20 presentation, call the Burlington Public Library at 781-270-1690.