This past off season, Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli underwent surgery to correct a sleep apnea condition that got so bad at one point, he even considered walking away from the game.
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After he got his problem fixed, not only was Napoli able to sleep well again, but he also was able to dream— something he had not done in quite some time.
Although he had not dreamt in a while, his dreams came back in a vivid manner.
“I was roller skating with old school roller skates, headband, jean shorts, tank-top, old school earphones with the cassette player, skating through a city,” Napoli told Rob Bradford of WEEI. “Like dancing skating. Through cars, buses going by. I went by the Ritz and an NBA basketball team was checking into the hotel. Then all of a sudden I ended up being in a mall, skating around the mall, just dancing around and going around and around the mall.”
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“I woke up and told my friend Blacky, ‘You won’t believe this dream I just had.’ He said, ‘You had a dream?’ I said, ‘Yeah, it was the [expletive].’ I don’t know why I remembered it, but I did. I had to tell somebody. I don’t know why I was roller skating seeing an NBA basketball team.”
While that dream may sound odd, it was not the only one he had.
“I had another dream that I was a hockey player, me and my friend, Mathis,” he said. “We were becoming hockey players and we were in a Sam’s Club and that’s where we all stayed and lived in all one big area. There was nothing but 1,000 boxes of cereal and that’s all we ate was cereal.”
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Apparently, Napoli is enjoying his new found dreams. Red Sox fans can hope that maybe his dreams will help him on the field— probably not though. What can be taken from this is that Napoli has a healthy sleep cycle with plenty of REM sleep if he is able to remember his dreams.
Sleep apnea was the demise of former Red Sox top prospect Craig Hansen, so it is encouraging to know that Napoli will not fall down the same road.