Awareness is not yet widespread that Sleep Apnea is a disorder that doesn't just touch the lives of overweight, middle-aged men. But Sleep Apnea doesn't discriminate. Take James Simmons. He's 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 190 pounds and is only 23 years old. He's a top prospect to pitch in the Major Leagues for the Oakland A's, and can throw a 90 mph fastball. The kicker? He has Sleep Apnea. Last season he became so fatigued that the A's flew him into the Bay Area for a sleep study. Simmons was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. Over the winter, he had Sleep Apnea surgery.
"Now I wake up in the morning and I feel like I actually slept," Simmons said. "I notice it more when I'm running and when I work out. I feel like I can get through workouts a lot better."
Although many of us are in fact overweight, male and middle-aged, the stereotype is far too common and blithely bought into by physicians, the media and lay persons alike, much to the disservice of all those who will not be properly diagnosed with Sleep Apnea because they don't fit the stereotype.
So if you find out about any other celebrities who have Sleep Apnea but who don't fit the stereotype, or you yourself don't fit the mold, speak out and let us know. Maybe even post your picture to drive the point home. Together, we can raise awareness of the many different faces of Sleep Apnea.