Legendary NFL football star Reggie White passed away this past Sunday.
White suffered from what's called Sleep Apnea. His death is sounding an alarm for millions of Americans who have the same problem. It's a condition which can lead to other chronic problems like heart disease or high blood pressure.
Many large football players like Reggie White and other overweight people can suffer from Sleep Apnea. It is caused by a restriction of the airway in the throat. Usually from the weight of the muscle or fat around the throat. This collapse of the airway causes a person to struggle to breath when they are asleep. The reduced air flow to the lungs and the body can have a serious affect on other organs of the body. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, doctors have several methods of treatment.