The late Reggie White, a National Football League Hall of Famer who led the Green Bay Packers to a win in Super Bowl XXXI, had also been diagnosed with sleep apnea. In 2004, he died of the rare lung disease sarcoidosis at age 43, and it's possible that his sleep problems contributed to his early death. White's wife, Sara, co-founded the Reggie White Sleep Disorders Research & Education Foundation in his honor. The foundation's goal is to raise awareness of sleep disorders and make CPAP machines available to those in need.
Thomas Edison: Polyphasic Sleep
About eight hours of sleep a night is the ideal for most people. But Thomas Edison is rumored to have worked and slept in alternating fits and starts, sleeping only four hours a night and taking frequent power naps during the day. This lifestyle of napping, working, and sleeping in short spurts multiple times a day is sometimes referred to as polyphasic sleep. Other notables who followed a similar pattern are Leonardo DaVinci, Nikola Tesla, and Napoleon.
Edison's lightbulb is also an enemy of sleep. The invention could be contributing to sleep disorders today by creating nighttime lighting that interferes with the traditional sleep/wake cycle. To enhance nighttime sleepiness, avoid exposure to bright lights before bedtime.