What You Can Learn From Tiger Woods’ Snoring

Tiger Woods was found to be snoring while lying unconscious after his recent car accident. Many people snore, but snoring alone gives you anywhere from 30 to 80% chance of having undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is known to significantly increase your chances of developing hypertension, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

 

I don’t want to speculate on the events of Tiger’s accident or even any possible medical conditions. I do want to point out, however, how common and prevalent this condition is, and that you can be a fit, elite athlete and still have this condition. Many of these top athletes compensate for their poor quality sleep using intense physical activity, and become very good at it. I alluded to a similar situation regarding Michael Phelps in a past post.

 

Take a look at Tiger’s profile photo here and here. Notice how recessed his lower jaw sits, compared to his wife’s jaw. If you see his face from the front, you’ll see that it’s relatively narrow. If you want to guess what Tiger may may look like in another 30 to 40 years, take a look at his father’s picture here. Notice the classic sleep apnea features (small, recessed jaw and big neck). Before dying of prostate cancer in 2006, he underwent multiple bypass procedures for heart disease.

 

This just goes to show how common sleep-breathing problems are in our modern society, almost to the point of being "normal" to have it to some degree. I talk about important reasons why this is the case in my book, Sleep, Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired.

 

For the rest of today, make it a point to analyze people’s jaws. You’ll be amazed how many people have small and recessed jaws, especially in younger people. Based on what I’ve presented and his photos, do you agree with me that Tiger may be at risk for sleep apnea? Please enter your responses in the comments box below.

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3 thoughts on “What You Can Learn From Tiger Woods’ Snoring

  1. Yes, now that I’m more aware of it, I’ve been noticing the recessed chins and the narrow faces all over town. The other day while I had to wait at a checkout stand, I observed a young adult male cashier with all these attributes – orthodontic braces; small delicate facial features (almost too feminine); nearly no chin yet he was beginning a double chin; “sunken” lips probably from tooth extractions; etc. He couldn’t keep his lips together, so despite the braces, he was a mouth-breather, and had a perpetual “slack-jaw” look, which sorry to say, isn’t a good look on anyone.

    BTW, my son started his orthodontic treatment with Dr. Hang yesterday. He’s still adjusting to the expander appliance (hard to talk and eat still), but I think the long drive will be worth the benefits he will gain in the long run (though at th emoment I think my son is wondering what the heck he’s gotten himself into right now). Thanks very much for the recommendation.

  2. Dr Woods is right on with Tiger

    Jaimee: are u leaving me cause your wife is still in newport :( I am lonely now … i like falling asleep in your arms (Oct. 18, 11:38 p.m.)

    Tiger: sorry baby I just can’t sleep. Its just a problem I have.

    Tiger: she is not here. They left this morning

    Jaimee: well I appreciate you not wanting to wake me up but if y couldn’t sleep I would have rather sat up and talked to u more … find out why I keep falling more and more for u ;)

    Tiger: Because I’m blasian :)

    Tiger: I’m sorry babe. Im already home.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/text_messages_between_tiger_woods_lh2ptFU8WhzJEBD8f2CCgO#ixzz0ZdEpbDJF