White House Acknowledges President’s Sleep Apnea

Journalist questions marks on the president’s face from the use of a C-PAP machine.

White House officials said Wednesday that President Joe Biden has begun using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help with his sleep apnea. 

Reporters had noticed that there were markings on President Biden’s face Wednesday morning, what looked to be impressions of a wide face strap. White House spokesperson Andrew Bates responded by remarking on the president’s recent struggles with sleep apnea, a common disorder where affected individuals stop breathing periodically while sleeping, usually due to overly relaxed muscle tissue in the nasal passages, throat, and tongue. “He used a CPAP machine last night, which is common for people with that history,” Spokesman Bates said.

CPAP machines are worn during the night, keeping airways open during sleep by pressing air through the nose or mouth. President Biden has dealt with sleep apnea for the past few years, prompting White House Physician Kevin O’Connor to prescribe nasal passage and sinus surgeries to address the issue in 2019, but he has not needed a CPAP machine until recently.

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Sources: Reuters, Washington Post


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