Snore (A Katy Perry Parody)

When in doubt, sleep your way to the top.

I read that advice once. Sure it was on a public bathroom stall, but still…

After all, these days it’s increasingly clear that proper sleep is pretty much the key to everything. That’s why disorders like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are such a bummer. Apart from raising blood pressure, increasing the risk for heart and liver problems, and annoying the heck out of spouses, OSA jacks up our sleep and really throws a wrench in life and the enjoyment thereof. And many times, folks are entirely unaware of the nature of their problem.

Now people who know me understand that I’m all about LOWERING awareness. Take gluten sensitivity for example: I once hosted a telethon aimed at lowering gluten awareness. We served bagels.

But with OSA, I think I’ll have to push in the opposite direction this time.

And so we humbly present a Katy Perry parody (or a Perry-ody if you must) of her smash hit Roar. It’s called, well, Snore. And it’s here to raise awareness of obstructive sleep apnea. Because sometimes we all need to sleep our way to the top. 

Devin Moore on the audio production and backup vocals. Me on the guitar and lyrics and video editing. Mrs. DoggMD on the cinematography. Thanks to Dr. Gene Hobbs for the epic CPAP mask!


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And courtesy of the Mayo Clinic, here’s a few quick fun facts about OSA!


  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
  • Loud snoring, which is usually more prominent in obstructive sleep apnea
  • Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep witnessed by another person
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath, which more likely indicates central sleep apnea
  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Morning headache
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Attention problems

When to see a medical type dude(ette)

Consult a medical professional if you experience, or if your partner notices, the following:

  • Snoring loud enough to disturb the sleep of others or yourself
  • Shortness of breath that awakens you from sleep
  • Intermittent pauses in your breathing during sleep
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness, which may cause you to fall asleep while you’re working, watching television or even driving

At night I bite my tongue and hold my breath\r\nThe decibels I make can wake the dead\r\nThru my commute I’m pooped but yo\r\nThe airbag makes a nice pillow\r\nI guess that I forgot I had to breathe\r\nMy floppy airway got the best of me\r\nAll through the night, I’m sawing logs\r\n‘Till suddenly my breathing pauses\r\n\r\nMy sat drops down, but then pops up (hey)\r\nIntermittently as I’d obstruct\r\nYou hear my breath, a rumbling sound\r\nWaking people up for miles around\r\nMy face turns blue, the pulse shoots up (hey)\r\nMy heart has nearly had enough\r\nThe wife walked out, there’s just no doubt\r\n\r\nI’ve got obstructive sleep apnea, oh crap we about to\r\nGet CPAP we so tired, can’t respire, so…so you’re gonna hear me snore…\r\n\r\nLouder than a Scion with no muffler, you’ll be cryin’\r\n\r\n‘Cause you’re gonna hear me snore

  • Vicki Thon

    As a past board member of the American Sleep Apnea Association and current member of the ASAA Medical Scientific Advisory Council I cannot emphasize enough how Obstructive Sleep Apnea is not a joke, funny or insignificant. You do not have to snore to have sleep apnea. You can be thin as a rail. For these reasons, undiagnosed sleep apnea can cause years of cardiovascular disease and other organ and systemic damage. If you or a loved one has cardiovascular disease, arrhythmias, overwhelming fatigue, seems to always be in a brain fog, has to pee a lot at night or even fibromyalgia, please have them assess for obstructive sleep apnea. It can be simply and easily treated.\n\nAs one who did not fit the erroneous stereotype of an OSA patient and was misdiagnosed for years until my body collapsed, I know from where I speak.

    • Crystal

      So what you’re actually saying is you don’t have to be fat to have sleep apnea, hence the thin as a rail comment.

    • Hi Vicki, thanks for weighing in with your very correct medical points regarding OSA. As a physician, I am certainly aware of all of them. As a medical video parody guy, though, I’m also acutely aware that videos intended to raise general awareness of a medical topic succeed best when they:\n1. Engage people in a memorable way (catchy tune, humor)\n2. Are simple. \n3. Did I mention simple?\n\n\nNote that the character in the video is not obese (well, at least I don’t think I’m obese) so I don’t think we are reinforcing any stereotype there. I also don’t think there was anything portrayed about OSA in the video that implied the disease was “insignificant” (falling asleep while driving, cognitive dysfunction, etc). And I believe my blog post above addressed a few of the many medical complications that can result from OSA.\n\n\nSo I appreciate your input and clarification for readers of this blog, but I wouldn’t change a dang thing in my video. Except maybe to make it funnier…

      • giugiubee12

        thanks Zdogg. There are fora in which a clinician can go into immense detail about OSA or any other medical topic you choose to discuss. I don’t think parody (as a way of spreading the word) falls under this category. I’m not sure why someone would fault you over the fact that your lyrics don’t read like a 12 page review article in NEJM.\n\nIt’s like someone finding fault with a public health disease fact sheet or a VIS for being “too basic.” (Disclosure: I’m an epidemiologist who works in public health.

    • Moe Moe

      Totally agree! I was tired, slight headache every morning and had brain fog all day long and high cortisol levels. Was told I had Cushings or Pheochromocytoma after I had a heart rate averaging around 200’s the night of a surgery. My wonderful OB/GYN thought all this was crazy and sent me up to Mayo Clinic and they found that I have Sleep Apnea even though I don’t fit the checkboxes and don’t snore. The first night I had my machine I woke up the next morning ready to run! I no longer drink any caffiene to keep myself going, no more headache or struggle for thoughts/words. BUT if I skip a night such as an unintended overnight stay at my parents home, that headache and brain fog come right back that next day. Glad my OB/GYN decided to send me to Mayo.

  • Jenn Irizarry

    This is awesome! ResMed shared it on their facebook page and I also shared this on my personal page and a Sleep Apnea Awareness page I run.

  • Jason Valentine

    So, when are you going to parody the Beastie Boys?\n\nShall I suggest Intergalactic?\n\nEnterocolitis, inflammatory\n\ninflammatory enterocolitis\n\ncolonic distention colonic distention\n\nWell Now Some say that I’ve got Crohn’s\n\nCreeping Fat has my laparoscope shown\n\nColonoscopy shows cobblestone\n\nwhen I shit I grunt and moan\n\n….

    • Now THAT is an amazing idea…#LoveTheBeasties


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