Though many things in life can be linked by some common thread, it seems almost far-fetched to use professional NFL player and sleep apnea in the same sentence. However, what many people fail to realize is that sleep apnea can be diagnosed in anyone at anytime. While we assume that athletes are extremely healthy both inside and out, a healthy outwards appearance can be deceiving. Take JaMarcus Russell for instance. He was the Oakland Raider’s 2007 first round draft pick as the team’s starting quarterback. His throwing arm looked promising and the team was more than ecstatic to have drafted him. Sadly, Russell’s career wouldn’t go as planned.
Lacking Work Ethic Caused By Sleep Apnea
With highly unsuccessful seasons as quarterback with the Oakland Raiders, many began to question Russell’s work ethic that seemed to be lacking, to say the least. However, recently, the ex-NFL quarterback spoke out about a health condition that may be to blame for his less-than-thrilling time in the NFL. He explained that his time with the Raiders was plagued with lethargic practices and film watching. Russell’s quarterback coach questioned his lifestyle, thinking that an active nightlife may be what was causing Russell to be extremely tired at every practice. But, Russell claimed that his nightlife was nothing more than relaxing evenings at home.
How could someone who relaxes and sleeps at night be so tired? Quarterback coach John DeFilippo pushed for Russell to seek medical attention and advice. Russell underwent a sleep study that diagnosed him with sleep apnea, a medical condition known to cause fatigue, drowsiness, and a lack of concentration, all symptoms that Russell suffered from at practices. Though his statement didn’t say whether or not he sought treatment or was compliant with it, his speaking out may shed a new light on the impact that sleep apnea can have on people, even athlete’s with seemingly bright futures.
Symptoms Call For Diagnosis And Treatment
Fatigue, daytime sleepiness, a lack of concentration and energy, constant snoring, and abnormal breathing while you sleep are all signs that point towards sleep apnea or some other type of sleep disorder. Don’t let sleep apnea ruin your career let alone your life. If you suffer from the symptoms commonly linked with the condition, now is the time to undergo a sleep physician-provided sleep study. The sleep study will determine whether or not you suffer from sleep apnea. If you are given a positive diagnosis, treatment is the next big step towards a healthier life.
Dr. Lowrance is experienced in working with patients who have sleep apnea in order to find an effective sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Lowrance is a proponent of using alternative sleep apnea treatments such as oral appliance therapy. To get started on a path towards a healthier life, contact Dr. Lowrance’s office today to schedule a sleep apnea treatment consultation. We can be reached by phone or by email.