Does Homer Simpson have sleep apnea?

“Someone on The Simpsons will die in the season 26 premiere and it could be Homer Simpson, who has a newly-diagnosed sleep disorder. With a portly build and a large neck circumference, television’s most famous cartoon dad has long fit the profile of a person at-risk for sleep apnea.

The teaser (click on You Tube link below) for the fateful episode shows Homer not only has sleep apnea, but an extremely severe case. Worse yet, he does not appear to be adherent to his CPAP treatment. It’s been well documented that untreated sleep apnea is associated with mortality, since the disease can lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Could Homer Simpson’s sleep apnea lead to his death? (Click on video clip)

This clip is likely a bit of misdirection. Since the title of the episode was revealed to be “Clown in the Dumps,” my bet is that Krusty the Clown’s father, Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, will not survive.

If this is the case, instead of dying Homer Simpson will join Shaquille O’Neil, Rosie O’Donnell and Regis Philbin on the list of celebrities who use CPAP to manage their sleep apnea. If Homer can stick to his treatment, he can live a normal, healthy life.

Sleep apnea is serious health problem that is manageable with the help of a board certified sleep physician. Patients who adhere to their CPAP treatment minimize their health risks and have an improved quality of life.”

This article was a reprint from Sleep

If you are not able to use a CPAP for your sleep apnea, then you might discuss with your physician using ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY.

If you have sleep apnea and would like to discuss Oral Appliance Therapy as an alternation to CPAP therapy, you can contact my office to discuss your interests and treatment options. With a diagnosis and sleep study I can provide the service of OAT from your treating sleep physician.



Donald R. Dexter, Jr., DMD