Over the last few months, we’ve been looking at Celebrity Sleep Disorders. This month we look at sports star, Shaquille O'Neal.
Shaquille O'Neal was Big Stuff in the 1990s. His face and slam-dunk were on posters all over the world. It was no wonder that he made this impressive move look so easy... he stands at 7 foot 1 inch tall and possesses arms as long as some small people (as seen below).
Fast-forward 20 years, and at 42 years old, he is now a retired NBA basketball star (he is rumoured to be worth $250 million); a father of five; and an honorary, Miami police officer!
But despite all his success, Shaquille battles to get a good night's sleep. He suffers from a serious medical condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea often occurs when the sufferer is lying on their back and the soft tissue of the throat hangs and blocks the airways. They stop breathing for a few seconds, every few minutes, and this disrupts their sleep. This can lead to severe sleep deprivation with devastating consequences.
Check out this video clip from Harvard Medical School that summarizes the diagnosis and treatment of Shaq's sleep apnea.
Just like Shaq, the right treatment could mean you get a great night's sleep, perform better at work and have less strained relationships with your family members.
For more have a look at our other Celebrity Sleep Disorder blogs: