Losing More Than Sleep

More than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes breathing to stop during sleep. It can last from seconds to minutes and happen 30 or more times an hour. Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, but the disorder is more serious than it appears. It is linked to many health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD | Last Review Date: Oct 31, 2013

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