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Joe Rogan explains why athletes should be worried about sleep apnea

Published: 23/Jan/2020 0:08

by Brent Koepp

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During his January 21 episode, UFC commentator and podcast king Joe Rogan discussed the dangers of sleep apnea for athletes with big muscles while talking with pro-strongman Rob Kearney. 

According to the CDC, one in three Americans don’t get enough rest, and one of the leading causes is sleep apnea, which is defined as a disorder when breathing starts and stops when sleeping.

While sitting down with strongman Rob Kearney, Joe Rogan and the strength builder discussed the health concern as one of the serious dangers that athletes face.

Pro-strongman Rob Kearney visited Joe Rogan’s studio for episode #1416 of the podcast.

Joe Rogan discusses how sleeping disorders are a serious risk

During their discussion, Rogan asked Kearney if heart attacks were common among strongmen, after he admitted “passing out is a normal part of what we do” due to the intense strain from workouts.

“Well it makes sense after the f**king exertion. Does anybody have heart attacks?” he asked, to which the strongman replied with, “Not typically!” before getting on the subject of the sleep disorder. “Another thing is sleep apnea. Because the guys are so big that causes them a lot of stress on the heart.”

“A previous coach of mine passed away in 2013 because of sleep apnea,” he told the podcast host. “Yeah it’s not good, it’s basically like not sleeping,” he replied, to which Kearney responded, “Yeah, and suffocating yourself. A lot of the guys at this level do, mainly because of their size.”

While Rogan has made it public before, he admitted to his guest that he suffers from the disorder as well. “Dude I have it! I have a fat tongue, and my neck when I lay back it closes off,” he said, while motioning his hands around his throat.

“Most football players have it. Most powerlifters have it,” he continued, to which Kearney agreed, stating “Once you get around that 300 pound body weight.”

Luckily the strongman explained that sleep apnea doesn’t seem to affect him despite his size, and said he felt he had “dodged a bullet” given how many athletes suffer it.

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This isn’t the first time the UFC commentator has spoken about sleep apnea either – during episode #1369 with guest Chris Ryan, he explained that he wears a mouth guard to stop his tongue from slipping back during sleep.

Joe Rogan continues to be one of the most popular podcast hosts in the world, with over 3.6 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, where he discusses a wide variety of topics from politics to health issues.

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Dr Disrespect explains how Black Ops Cold War could be “so much more fun”

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:29

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Dr Disrespect has chimed in on the much-maligned SBMM system used in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and other titles, and although he doesn’t blame Treyarch, the Doc is less than impressed with the system and wants it removed.

Dr Disrespect is all about violence, speed, and momentum. However, he hasn’t been able to spread his wings in Black Ops Cold War and fly like the eagle he was born to be, and he blames it all on SBMM.

SBMM, which stands for skill-based matchmaking, is a system used in many popular games to try and balance out lobbies.

Some players and developers think it’s a good thing, but many others believe it tends to ‘punish’ higher-skilled players like Dr Disrespect. It throws them into lobbies with other elite players, which results in ‘sweaty’ games where everyone is good and trying really hard to win.

The game becomes more serious and less casual, and it demands more effort, which is less than ideal for streamers like the Doc, who want to entertain.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is one of many games that uses SBMM.

Dr Disrespect has never been one to hold his tongue and mince his words on matters important to him. In his latest stream, he had a frustrating time playing Black Ops Cold War due to SBMM and shared his thoughts.

Man, that SBMM, what a… what a…” he said, struggling to find the words to summarize his rage. “SBMM results to exact same fight every single time.” It’s a sentiment shared by players from many different games and skill brackets.

“It has nothing to do with… game design,” he added.

“Treyarch knocks it out the park… I just think it has something to do with a lot of the technical stuff… I would take that tech out.”

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Dr Disrespect isn’t one to hold back on his opinions, especially when it comes to games.

Dr Disrespect knows that it isn’t Treyarchs fault. Instead, he refers to a “third-party” who works with them and “manages all the data and everything.” He says, “they’re able to make all these tweaks, and all that stuff,” and the fact that SBMM is implemented at all is “such a bummer.”

“I want some sheep in my lobbies,” he said. “I want a couple triple peekers. The game could like just be so much more fun. I don’t understand why they have it.”

The related segment begins at 3:38:30 in the video below.

Dr Disrespect isn’t the first person to express his concerns about SBMM, and he won’t be the last. However, the Doc is a pillar in the gaming community. He has also been involved in some behind-the-scenes level design, so his opinion has some weight.

Either way, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is still loads of fun. SBMM might even help you become a better player if you’re willing to embrace it.