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Presidential Sleep Apnea

Posted by Jennifer Hines

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on Feb 19, 2018 1:05:38 PM

There may be not be a more stressful job in the entire world than that of the President of the United States. For the individuals who serve as president, sleep is a need that often goes unmet. In fact, there are several presidents that experienced sleep disorders, which makes their job even more difficult. Today, on President's Day, Alaska Sleep Clinic tells you the details about three historic sleep disorders.

William Howard Taft


William Howard Taft served as America’s 27th president, and was the heaviest man to hold the office. The stress of the job, combined with his excessive weight, made Taft a prime candidate for sleep apnea, specifically obstructive sleep apnea. Obesity is among the leading risk factors for sleep apnea. Despite his sleep apnea, Taft served as president for four years and eventually returned to public service to become the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.


Theodore Roosevelt



While best known for his service in the Spanish-American War and building up the National Park System, Teddy Roosevelt was also likely to have suffered from sleep apnea. While he was never officially diagnosed, the 26th U.S. president showed several of the tell-tale symptoms associated with sleep apnea, including loud snoring and weight gain.


Grover Cleveland



Serving as both the 22nd and 24th U.S. President, Grover Cleveland is the only president to serve two terms that weren’t consecutive. Like Teddy Roosevelt, Cleveland was never diagnosed with sleep apnea, but showed many symptoms associated with the sleep disorder, including loud snoring, obesity, and having a thick neck.


  These former presidents didn’t have the benefit of modern medicine or living in an era where CPAP machines were around to help treat their sleep apnea. Luckily, we’ve come a long way over the years. Alaska Sleep Clinic is ready to help you treat your sleep apnea is effectively, and with greater success than these former leaders of the free world.


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