5 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Have Sleep Apnea
There are many people who suffer from sleep apnea, and celebrities are no exception. While sleep apnea can get in the way of everyday life, the following celebrities prove that with proper treatment there’s no reason why you can’t still accomplish your dreams.
1. Shaquille O’Neal
Weighing in at 325 pounds and soaring to 7 feet, Shaquille O’Neal (now retired from the NBA) was a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court. However, when it came time to get some shuteye, sleep apnea got in the way. After some testing and getting fitted with a CPAP mask, he was back on top of his game.
2. Rosie O’Donnell
Famous TV personality Rosie O’Donnell also suffers from sleep apnea. Although she suspected having the condition, it wasn’t until she underwent a sleep study in 2007 that she knew something had to be done. The study found she woke up over 200 times in the middle of the night and stopped breathing for 40 seconds. After sleeping with a CPAP machine, she noted dramatic improvement right away.
3. William Shatner
Even Canada’s multitalented star-trekker isn’t immune to sleep disorders. Most famous for his role in Star Trek as Captain Kirk, William Shatner clearly hasn’t let the condition slow him down. Even at the ripe age of 83 he’s still busy doing everything from comedy, music, and hosting events.
4. Randy Jackson
We certainly won’t judge this man for having sleep apnea, but he might just judge you on your next karaoke night. Long-time American Idol judge Randy Jackson was diagnosed with sleep apnea and Type 2 diabetes. After losing some weight and seeking treatment he notes having a better night’s sleep and more energy.
5. Regis Philbin
This final sleep-deprived celebrity felt like a million bucks after his diagnosis. Regis Philbin, the original TV host of hugely popular Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? finally sought out treatment after years of sleep difficulties and keeping his wife awake at night with his snoring. An overnight sleep study revealed that he had obstructive sleep apnea, and he now sleeps with a CPAP machine with great results.
Think you might be in the same boat as some of these celebrities? If you’re concerned about the quality of your sleep, or believe you may have sleep apnea, contact us! Our experts can discuss your unique sleep issues with you and find a solution that will improve your quality of life.