Athletes and Poor Sleep - a Frightening Combination

For athletes, not getting a good night's rest is out of the question. When you have sleep apnea, a breathing disorder that restricts your airway at night, it directly impacts your entire sleep cycle.

Lack of sleep can lead to many different medical symptoms including high blood pressure in the lungs which is terrible news for athletes. Proper blood pressure and heart rate are vital for athletes. When you put your body in demanding exercise, you need time to rest and sleep is the time for your body to restore and replenish itself. The scary part is, a majority of people with sleep apnea don't know that they have it.

One of the common signs of sleep apnea is whether or not the person has a thick neck. The extra tissue (muscle or fat) on the neck thickens the wall of the windpipe which makes it harder for the airway to stay open when muscles are relaxed during sleep. This puts a lot of football players at risk. So how are these athletes able to play a winning game when they're not getting the proper sleep that they need?

Shaquille O'Neal was diagnosed with sleep apnea. Take a look at this video he has shared with the public.

Various treatments are offered for those diagnosed with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea). Respire Medical offers a less intrusive way to help open up the airway making it much easier to breathe during sleep. Learn more about our products at