Former MSNBC talk-show host and outspoken pundit Keith Olbermann has been diagnosed with restless legs syndrome, a condition that causes people to feel such discomfort in their legs that they have an urge to move or stretch even when they are trying to settle down for sleep. His sleep problem was mentioned in a New Yorker profile that also detailed Olbermann's intense work schedule. Staying active may reduce symptoms.
Rosie O'Donnell: Sleep Apnea
Rosie O'Donnell was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2007, and she discussed her sleep problems on The View. "I didn't know that I had it, but I suspected," O'Donnell said on the show, adding that she had been a little embarrassed about the issue because of the well-known connection between sleep apnea and excess weight. She underwent a sleep study and found out that she had more than 200 micro-awakenings (waking events that you might not even notice or remember) a night and once stopped breathing for about 40 seconds.
After diagnosis, she used a CPAP machine and said she felt better the very next night. O'Donnell also recently survived a heart attack. Heart attack risk is increased with a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea.