13 Apr

Red Sox Player Mike Napoli Undergoes Surgery to Remedy Sleep Apnea

Mike Napoli, 2013. Photo: Keith Allison

Mike Napoli, 2013. Photo: Keith Allison

For many, mild to moderate sleep apnea means sleep study testing – at home (we hope) or in a lab – and the use of dental appliances or CPAP machines to keep an individual breathing properly in his sleep. For Boston slugger Mike Napoli, treatment for severe sleep apnea became more complex.

Athletes, especially, know how important it is to get the right amount of sleep each night. But Napoli, previous to his treatment, was waking up anywhere from 50 to 100 times per night. He couldn’t remember the last time he actually had a dream.

Thanks to Dr. Kaban, the Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial SUrgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Napoli now sleeps soundly. The procedure, called maxillomandibular advancement, reconfigured Napoli’s entire jaw and sinus area.

To read the entire article about Napoli’s treatment, how sleepiness impacts athletes, and how even circadian changes impact MLB players, check out Science of nap time: Seeking an edge in the most basic of all human needs on SI.com.

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