Starring CPAP. . . famous films and TV shows featuring sleep apnea!

Ognomy is on a mission to educate the world about sleep apnea and the risks associated with it. But, we also want to normalize the processes involved in treating it and show how easy it is to overcome. 

Over the years, sleep apnea has featured in many of our favorite films and tv shows, and most of the time, goes unnoticed! However, we’ve outlined below a few of the most popular CPAP and Sleep Apnea cameos…. and we think some may surprise you. Read on to find out more.

FRIENDS, season 4 – Joey

One of the most famous sitcoms of ALL time, airing over 25 years ago, Friends is still extremely popular with the youth of today and one of Netflix’s most watched shows. You may not have noticed during one of your episode binges, but Joey snores… a lot. In episode 20 of season 4, he even gets a sleep study done to find out why his snoring is so bad… Can you guess why? It’s sleep apnea.

Joey, in his twenties at the time, helped us to break the stereotype that sleep apnea affects only older men who snore. It can affect young people too!

House, season 5 – Gregory House himself

One of the most ingenious shows of the nineties, about a medical genius, House made us laugh… but also made us learn a thing or two. 

I, for one, learned a lot about some otherwise unknown health issues and the sometimes unusual symptoms that may present themselves as a result. In this episode, House can’t sleep and starts hallucinating, at which point his team believe he has sleep apnea. Luckily for House, it turns out not to be the case, but he helped highlight some of the more unusual symptoms of sleep apnea and the dangers of leaving it untreated. 

The Sopranos, season 2 – Junior Soprano

As an American gangster affected by sleep apnea, Junior Soprano showed us that the disease doesn’t discriminate, and can happen to anyone, regardless of their age, gender or American stereotype… no matter how ‘tough’ they are.

In this particular episode, Junior is getting a CPAP mask fitted by his doctor having been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, while a nurse is explaining to him how the mask will help him to sleep better by keeping his airway open. 10% of US males have sleep apnea, so why not get tested if you think you have any of the symptomsThere really is nothing to worry about.

Nicole Kidman’s Nine Perfect Strangers

In this popular new series, Nicole Kidman plays the owner of a wellness spa and resort. In one episode, we see Tony, a guest at the resort wearing his CPAP machine alongside his sleeping wife, helping to normalize CPAP use whilst sharing a bed with a significant other. Of course, this is all before things go from weird, to worse, for the remaining guests.

The Office – Angela

As a young, thin and healthy 30-something woman, Angela helped to normalize CPAP for women all over the world. Throughout the 9 seasons of the Office, she is seen using her CPAP machine at different times. Approximately 1 in 5 women have sleep apnea, and if not treated, it can cause all sorts of health complications, including during pregnancy.

Nowadays, CPAPs are even a lot smaller and much less bulky than the one Angela wore, so we again encourage you not to be put off by them!

Orange is the New Black – Anita DeMarco

Menopausal women with sleep apnea, unite!

In this series, we are shown how treating sleep apnea can actually save lives. Anita develops sleep apnea after becoming menopausal, and helps to shine a light on the dangers of the disease, as well as the importance of getting treated.

Although many women still go undiagnosed, it’s estimated that 20% of women may develop sleep apnea after undergoing menopause. So, if you think you’re one of them, you’re not alone. 

The Big Bang Theory season 8 – Leonard Hofstadter

In this series, Leonard, our fun loving physicist, understands that he might have sleep apnea due to the fact that he is sleeping so poorly, but is not currently undergoing any treatment. We see how he suffers because of this, and it is frustrating! If only we could reach into the tv and put the CPAP on for him… but alas, it is only fiction. Sleep apnea, however, is real.

It is approximated that almost 80% of sleep apnea sufferers in the US are undiagnosed… which is about 22 million people. Don’t be one of them!

And last but not least (a relatively unknown but still has a decent IMDb rating) sleep apnea horror film called… APNEA!

After experiencing difficulty sleeping, Lisa is diagnosed with sleep apnea and sent to a sleep center where she, and her fellow patients, discover their sleep doctor has ulterior motives and things get pretty bad for them.

Thankfully, OGNOMY SLEEP DOCTORS are not like this! Our team of board-certified specialists are passionate about getting sleep apnea patients the help they need. We also won’t send you to a scary sleep center… you can use our home sleep test from the comfort of your own bed.

Why not help us continue to normalize sleep apnea treatments and therapy? 

Click here to register as a new patient today.

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