Can baseball players have sleep apnea?

Yes, I recently read an article about a baseball pitcher that was diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Houston Astros Pitcher Josh James Discovered His ‘Laziness’ Was Actually a Symptom of Sleep Apnea

Baseball and sleep apnea

Baseball and sleep apnea

According to an article I read on self.com that you can see here, for Houston Astros pitcher Josh James it turned out to be a sign of a much bigger issue which is sleep apnea.

According to the article, James would wake up, not feeling well, and though he was just tired or lazy.

To compensate he would drink multiple cups of coffee to help get through the day. He would drink a cup of coffee in the morning on the way to the field and another cup of coffee on the way back to get me home. He was falling asleep as he was driving. Also, the other player that he was rooming with complained about his snoring.

I can relate to this because I have been in the same situation of feeling the need to drink coffee at work to feel alert I also had complaints about snoring.

The article goes on to say that James did some research and finally saw a sleep specialist that diagnosed him with sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing while you sleep. This is exactly why I spend time blogging on this site so that people have another place to learn about sleep apnea and get help.

According to the article, Mr. James started using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, which helped him sleep. And this helped him feel better and more refreshed and no longer felt the need to take naps during the day.

I found the same thing from my personal experience. Once I started using a CPAP machine I no longer fell asleep after and could do more things at night.

Most people with sleep apnea have no idea they even have it. These are some important clues:

  • People with sleep apnea might snore, choke, or gasp for air in their sleep, and this can happen anywhere from five to 30 times or more each hour. If you sleep alongside someone else or you have a roommate, it’s worth asking them whether they’ve noticed you making these noises at night.
  • Feeling tired often. People may feel tired from time to time, but usually, there is some identifiable cause, like going to bed later than usual. However, if it’s here and there, that’s one thing. But if you’re consistently feeling sleepy and wanting to consistently take a nap in the afternoon then you should get checked.
  • Waking up with a headache is another sign. This may happen due to the lack of oxygen received during the night.

These are Josh James pitching stats:

Josh James Pitching Stats

Josh James Pitching Stats

Josh James is a baseball player that I am going to start following.  It looks like he was doing really good in spring training before COVID 19 shut down baseball.  Hopefully, once baseball resumes he will have his greatest season.

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I hope you enjoyed this blog post about sleep apnea and baseball and I urge you to continue educating yourself about sleep apnea. Click here to read our blog post about nighttime urination and sleep apnea.

You can save people’s lives and be a superhero.  All you need to do is learn about sleep apnea and then educate others then you will help save lives and make the world a better place!