" BOSTON (CBS) — You may notice that Mike Napoli looks a little different as the Red Sox prepare for the 2015 season.
Sure, the hefty beard is back after a quick absence at the end of the 2014 season. But he didn’t shave off the whiskers that had graced his face since the 2013 run to the World Series to get rid of whatever bad mojo it had last year. There was a much bigger purpose behind the late-season grooming.
And it had everything to do with getting a good night’s sleep, something that Napoli hadn’t enjoyed in nearly a decade.
Struck with a bad case of sleep apnea, which affects one’s ability to breath during a night’s slumber, the man nicknamed “Nap” would often wake up in the middle of the night anywhere from 40 to 100 times.
“I was trying to sleep but I wasn’t getting real sleep. I would lay in bed for hours in the day, then go to the field and get treatment and seriously sleep through batting practice,” Napoli explained to WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche earlier this week in Fort Myers, Florida. “I was restless, waking up and couldn’t breathe "
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