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Sleepy Stars: 6 Celebrities with Sleep Apnea

February 26, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 2:32 pm
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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) afflicts millions of people across the U.S. It can affect anyone; people of all ages, body types, and lifestyles are victims of this condition. Many celebrities even struggle with it! What exactly is sleep apnea, and who among the stars must deal with it? This blog post explains.

Sleep Apnea: The Basics

There are a few different types of sleep apnea, but the most common is OSA. It occurs when tissues in the upper airway obstruct the free flow of oxygen, leading to pauses in breathing and periods of reduced breathing. These episodes can happen dozens or even hundreds of times in a single night.

OSA is most common among obese people and older individuals. However, the reality is that no one is exempt from the possibility that this condition could affect them.

Celebrities with Sleep Apnea

Here are some famous folks who have (or had) sleep apnea:

Carrie Fisher

Millions mourned when beloved Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher passed away in 2016.  Her official cause of death was “sleep apnea and other undetermined factors.”

Shaquille O’Neal

Known affectionately as “Shaq,” this well-known athlete and TV personality was diagnosed with sleep apnea after a visit to Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine.

William Shatner

In addition to being known for his role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, Shatner is also known for having sleep apnea. Fortunately, it seems he is not letting his condition get the better of him. At nearly 93 years of age, he is still trying to live life to the fullest.

Reggie White

Football fans across the country were shocked when the legendary player Reggie White passed away in 2004. His cause of death? A heart attack compounded by sleep apnea complications.

Amy Poehler

Throughout her life, people told Amy Poehler that snored so loudly that she sounded as if she were choking or dying. After being diagnosed with sleep apnea, she started using a CPAP machine to manage her symptoms.

John Candy

Even though he died around 30 years ago, much of comedian John Candy’s work continues to be admired by fans around the world. Prior to his passing, he exhibited many signs of sleep apnea.

Conquering Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can claim anyone as its victim. Whether you are rich and famous or just a regular person, you should be diligent about monitoring your sleep and seeking care when necessary.

Meet the Practice

Dr. Mitch Conditt is a dentist who specializes in providing oral sleep appliance therapy for individuals with OSA. As a sleep apnea patient himself, he is personally familiar with the risks of OSA and the rewards of proper treatment. If you are concerned about the quality of your sleep, contact Fort Worth Snoring & Sleep Center at 817-527-8500. Our team will be happy to assist you in any way we can.

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