Shaq Attacks Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in
adults occurs when a person's airway
becomes partially or completely
blocked many times during sleep.

May 25, 2011

CAMBRIDGE -- Sufferers of sleep apnea may have a new reason to hope for a good night's sleep. The Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine has just launched a new online resource for patients of this condition, with extensive information on the symptoms, personal and societal impact, diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. The site can be found at

Aside from the wealth of information contained in the site, patients are greeted by an unlikely role model - the Boston Celtic's Shaquille O'Neal. O'Neal was recently diagnosed with the condition, and the video, produced by WGBH, follows O'Neal's long journey through a restless night's sleep. During this particular evening, O'Neal is joined by a camera crew and a team of Harvard physicians monitoriing his every motion. 

Apnea is the third module in Harvard's Sleep and Health Education Program “Understanding Sleep” web sites, following Healthy Sleep and Get Sleep.

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