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Date:3/2/2009

Company does its part to help fight AIDS in Africa with NightWave sleep device

PORTLAND, Ore., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, Coherence Resources, Inc. provided Peace Corp volunteers in Botswana with the crucial help they need: adequate sleep. Malaria medications taken by the volunteers often disrupt sleep and a new device from Coherence Resources helps the volunteers cope with the problem.

"These courageous volunteers are facing a lot of challenges over there, working long hours to help AIDS victims," said Stephen Parsons, founder, Coherence Resources, based in Portland, Oregon. "The last thing they need is insomnia or trouble falling asleep; this donation of our NightWave sleep assistant ($69 retail value at www.nightwave.com) will help them get the sleep they need."

Sleep has been a challenge for Peace Corp volunteer Ashlee Irwin, a Beaverton, Oregon, resident who's been serving in Botswana since April, 2007. While Irwin has avoided serious illness herself, she has had her share of sleepless nights. Volunteers are required to take malaria medications, such as Mefloquine and Doxycycline, which can have a sleep disrupting side effect. And adjusting to a strange, new environment - one filled with noisy goats, donkeys, chickens and cows - is also a challenge to good sleep.

Her NightWave sleep assistant has done wonders for her, she said, by helping her sleep without having to take more drugs. "I like it because it puts me to sleep and I sleep more soundly when I use it," said Irwin. "By focusing on the blue light it helps me clear my mind so that I don't have a bunch of thoughts racing around in there through the night."

Irwin, 23, was placed in Pilikwe, a small village of about 1,500 people, as an HIV/AIDS Community Capacity Building volunteer. Her primary role is working at a clini
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