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10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Had Sleep Apnea

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10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Had Sleep Apnea

By Sarah Murphy

Sleep apnea is a medical condition where sleep is repeatedly interrupted by apnea or hypopnea episodes. Apnea literally means "without breath" and is clinically defined as a period of at least ten seconds when you stop breathing. It can be a frustrating and isolating condition, but you are not alone. Twenty-two million Americans have Sleep apnea. 

Here are 10 Celebrities fighting their own battle against sleep apnea:


1.  Shaquille O'Neal

  • Former NBA Center


2.  William Shatner

  • Famous actor from Star Trek


3.  Rosie O'Donnell

  • Actress and comedian 


4.  Regis Philbin

  • Emmy-award winning talk show host


5.  Amy Poehler

  • Actress, comedian, director, and writer 


6.  Quincy Jones

Photo of jazz trumpeter and record producer Quincy Jones

  • Won 27 Grammy Awards
  • Jazz trumpeter and record producer 


7.  Randy Jackson

Photo of Randy Jackson, former musician, by a door

  • Former musician for Bob Dylan, the Divynls, Blue Oyster Cult
  • On American Idol


8.  Brett Favre

Photo of Brett Favre, former NFL Quarterback, holding fist in the air

  • Former NFL Quarterback 


9.  Larry The Cable Guy

Photo of comedian and actor, Larry the Cable Guy against white background

  • Comedian and actor


10.  Adam Savage

Photo of Myth Busters host, Adam Savage against brown background

  • Host of Myth Busters 


Do you know of any other celebrities who have sleep apnea? Let us know in the comments!