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A-Listers and Apnea: Limelight Celebs with Sleep Apnea

February 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ronan Freyne @ 8:44 pm
Celebrity with sleep apnea resting by their pool outside

When you think of celebrities, you may picture them living glamorous and seemingly perfect lives. However, behind their pristine walls and dazzling smiles, many celebrities battle with health issues just like the rest of humanity. For example, many of them suffer from sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder where breathing during sleep is repeatedly interrupted.

If you’re curious about which celebrities have opened up about their struggles with sleep apnea and how they cope, continue reading.

1. Regis Philbin

This legendary television host is most known for shows like “Live! with Regis and Kelly” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” He has publicly shared his battle with sleep apnea and how he has undergone treatment for the condition. Philbin has also been a vocal proponent of sleep apnea treatment and urges others to seek help.

2. Shaquille O’Neal

Even powerful figures like basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal aren’t immune to OSA (obstructive sleep apnea)! The former NBA superstar revealed his diagnosis and use of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine to manage it. O’Neal’s openness about his experience has helped raise awareness about sleep apnea among sports fans and the general public alike! 

3. William Shatner

Captain Kirk himself, actor William Shatner, has shared his journey with OSA and how it has affected his life. He stands as a testament to the fact that a diagnosis is not a prison sentence. He’s still going to conventions and making appearances at the age of 92.

4. Rosie O’Donnell

Comedian and television personality Rosie O’Donnell has been vocal about her struggles with sleep apnea and the impact it has had on her health. O’Donnell underwent sleep studies at home to get her diagnosis and started using a CPAP machine. After the first night, she said the results were life-changing.

5. Shonda Lynn Rhimes

With a resume full of hit shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal, Shonda Lynn Rhimes has become iconic. You might expect the work to be Rhimes’ source of exhaustion, but she has said in an interview that it’s because of her sleep apnea. This goes to show that even a highly energetic person like Rhimes can be affected by the disorder.

These celebrities’ willingness to speak openly about their experiences with sleep apnea has greatly helped reduce stigma surrounding the condition. It’s important for people with large platforms to advocate for treatment as it can bring about awareness and accessibility. If you feel consistent fatigue, headaches when you wake up, or insomnia, a sleep test may be in order. Don’t delay and reach out to your sleep dentist for a consultation. Managing sleep apnea can improve your quality of life, regardless of fame or status.

About the Author

If you’re struggling with OSA, you don’t need to be a celebrity to get help. Dr. Ronan Freyne is a dental expert with an extensive educational background and a passion for patient care. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Since then, he has continued honing his skills through professional organizations like the Millennium Dental Study Club. Call (301) 986-0700 to schedule a sleep apnea consultation at Ronan Freyne, DMD or visit the website to browse other services.

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