Shaquille O’Neal Brings Attention to Sleep Apnea and CPAP in Harvard Video
AASM Weekly Update
Friday, May 20, 2011
On Monday, May 16, the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School released the 3rd module of its online Sleep and Health Education Program. “Apnea: Understanding and treating obstructive sleep apnea” features a four-minute video starring celebrity and NBA big man Shaquille O’Neal, who announced the video’s debut on Wednesday in a tweet to the 3.8 million followers of @THE_REAL_SHAQ on Twitter.
The video, “Shaq attacks sleep apnea,” shows O’Neal interacting with Harvard sleep specialists as they prepare him for an overnight sleep study. Then they discuss his treatment options and select a CPAP mask after the study shows that he has moderate OSA. O’Neal reports that treatment is helping him get seven to nine hours of sleep each night, which is giving him more energy and allowing him to manage his weight.