Why Robin Wears A Mask (And How It Relates to Sleep Apnea)

During downtime while away on vacation, my two younger boys were watching Teen Titans on TV. I joined them to watch one episode, where all the young super-heros revealed their deepest secrets. When it was Robin’s turn, he initially refused, but later revealed that he was hiding a big secret: He had an amazingly beautiful male face that drove women and even other men crazy. 


What was portrayed were big eyes, prominent cheekbones, and wide, masculine jaws. A modern version of this type of face can be seen with Fabio (see photo). If you remember the old movie stars from the mid-1900s, most of the men and women had wide jaws and well developed cheekbones. Now, most celebrities have triangle-shaped faces. 
I’ve describe in great detail why this is happening in past articles and in my book. But here’s a summary: Due to a major change in our diets from organic to processed, softer foods, as well as shifting our infants from breast-feeding to bottle-feeding, our jaws are not growing to their full potential, along with more crooked teeth. It’s almost a given that your child will need braces. It’s not a problem with their teeth—it’s a crowding problems caused by smaller jaws.
Although most doctors believe that being overweight is the main reason for obstructive sleep apnea, more and more people with obstructive sleep apnea are now relatively thin. These people will have narrow jaws and a high arched hard palate. Because the roof of the mouth doesn’t drop during development, the upper molars are more narrow, and the nasal septum buckles to one side, causing a deviated nasal septum. 
As you can see, this is not only a cosmetic problem. Unchecked, it can lead to poor breathing, poor sleep, low energy, and lack of productivity. Later on, as your sleep-breathing problem worsens into sleep apnea, you’ll be at higher risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and even cancer.
Do you have any other examples of public figures or celebrities with an “attractive” face? Please enter your examples below.

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4 thoughts on “Why Robin Wears A Mask (And How It Relates to Sleep Apnea)

  1. there is definitely something happening to the human face. it is caving in from the front and from the sides, over the last century more so. I see deficiencies even in Fabio’s face. most football players have good faces, but even they have OSA. their airways may be wide while awake but collapse in sleep.

    what I really think is that if you want a face that will cure your OSA, this is what you need to go for (the guy on the right side of the picture):
    this is a good pic because it highlights the deficiencies of the human face.

    I asked my jaw surgeon to just make me look like a Neanderthal, but he wouldn’t do it. seriously.

  2. I don’t know about celebrities but I’ve been noticing how messed up some of the faces in tech are. Larry Page has gummy smile and narrow arch, Sergey Brin has a weak chin, and Mark Zuckerberg has a very long face. What do you think the odds are that these suffer from OSA? I wonder if they know and if so, whether they understand why they have it. None of them has had jaw surgery clearly.

    I’m mixed about the prominent cheekbones. They’re certainly affected when the jaws are but I don’t know if it may also be simply a variant of normal. Elon Musk, for example, has a perfect jaw line yet even as a young adult never had prominent cheekbones. It may simply be more sensitive to health status than the jaws are and, as I recall, they continue to develop after the jaws stop growing. My case is also somewhat weird, as I have a moderate high arch but high normal width with uncrowded teeth and plenty of space for wisdom teeth. The occlusal plane of my maxilla is almost normal and I have flat cheeks too. Abnormal jaws implies abnormal cheekbones, in other words, but normal jaws may not imply normal cheekbones or flat cheekbones may be normal. Have anthropologists studied cheekbones in particular?

    I’ve been reading about facial development in various textbooks lately, facial development is way more complicated than I ever appreciated. There’s a whole textbook dedicated to the subject on Amazon. My impression overall is that facial development is largely a reflection of overall health and that pretty much any disease process can have a significant impact on it. Malnutrition and childhood torticollis are two others that come to mind for example. Certainly the factors you cited are significant too. Pottenger cat like effects may also be a component, that is we’re getting a bit sicker with every generation.

    @Dr Deb I don’t know that you want a Neanderthal face. You probably wand bigger jaws but in humans, the midface needs to advance with the jaws too. That and you’d need a longer palate to avoid velopharyngeal insufficiency.

  3. I was listening to one of your podcast where a dentist suspected that Michael Phelps has OSA because of his jaw structure….I would love to see Michael Phelps take a sleep test to see if this is true?

  4. What and interesting article! It’s true that most people believe that the main symptoms for sleep apnea is obesity, alcohol and smoking. I would have never thought that our narrow jaw structures can also be the reason. Thanks for it!