Shaquille O’neal would normally stop breathing in the middle of the night9
Shaquille O’Neal is a retired NBA player. At 7 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 325 pounds, he is one of the heaviest players to have ever played in the league. O’Neal was drafted in 1992 as the first overall pick by the Orlando Magic. He won Rookie of the Year and played for the Magic for four years. After signing with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent, he won three consecutive NBA championships. O’Neal won his fourth NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006. Before retiring, O’Neal also played for the Phoenix Suns, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Boston Celtics.
This video follows O’Neal as he pursues getting a diagnosis regarding symptoms of pauses in his breathing while he is sleeping. O’Neal’s girlfriend suggests to him that he most likely has sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where there are pauses in breathing or shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. The abnormal breathing causes carbon dioxide to build up in the blood stream which eventually wakes the person up and causes them to breath normally again.
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