The Biggest Loser's Sean Algaier Talks Sleep Apnea

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September 29, 2010

The Biggest Loser's Sean Algaier Talks Sleep Apnea

in the middle of the night. That's not good on any marriage."

Sean AlgaierOn nights when he didn't sleep with his wife, Sean would fall asleep on a chair sitting up. He felt it helped him sleep longer.

"But I was so overweight that all the blood would rush to my legs," he added. "So I would have severe swelling in my legs. I could have had a blood clot or something.

There are a million things that could have happened, but I had time on my side.

They caught it in time to fix it, and now I don't have to worry about that."

Soon after Sean arrived at the The Biggest Loser Ranch for taping, he underwent a sleep study, but did not receive the results. On the first day, Sean started an intensive exercise regimen.

"They pretty much just scared the junk out of me. It's one of those things where you don't know what they're saying, and you're crying, and it's crazy."

"I fell asleep at the gym on the first day," said Sean. "I hadn't really slept the night before, and I was super tired. I had been on the treadmill for many, many, many hours. I woke up with a camera in my face and Bob (the trainer) yelling at me. It was totally embarrassing."

Soon after this workout, Sean learned that his sleep apnea was so severe that he had to wake up to breathe more than 100 times an hour.

That evening, he slept with his continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine for the first time and got a full eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Sean said, "It was probably the first time I've had that since I was in middle school. I slept, and I slept, and I loved it. I felt like I could just basically run a marathon the next day. Now I don't stop breathing [at night], and I sleep in the same bed as my wife."

By the show's finale, Sean had lost 155 pounds—from 444 down to 289.

He credits using CPAP and getting a good night's

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