Celebrities With Sleep Apnea: Rick Perry And 7 Others With The Condition

Posted: Updated:

You (don't) snooze, you lose. The 53-second "oops" heard 'round the world -- when Rick Perry hesitated and then admitted that he couldn't remember the third government agency he'd eliminate as president -- may have been caused by severe sleep deprivation from insomnia and sleep apnea, according to a new book, Reuters reports.

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that can cause shallow breathing, or even a stop in breathing, during sleep, according to the NIH. Left untreated, the condition can lead to a host of serious medical problems, including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and diabetes.

According to the report, Perry's sleep apnea had gone undiagnosed for years, but a machine ultimately helped him to, quite literally, breathe easier in his sleep.

Perry certainly isn't alone -- he joins more than 18 million Americans who struggle with sleep apnea, including some other famous faces.

Famous Faces Of Sleep Apnea
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Around the Web

Celebrities and sleep disorders - chicagotribune.com

11 Snoring Celebrities (PHOTOS)

Sleep Apnea and the War on Snoring | Psychology Today