Approximately one in every five adults has Sleep-Disorder Breathing (SDB).
More than 35% of people with sleep apnea suffer from high blood pressure, increasing their risk of heart disease. More than 80% of people who continue to suffer from high blood pressure (despite taking three or more drugs) also have sleep apnea2
Sleep apnea can be weight-related. Additional fat around the neck may make the airway narrower, making obstructions more likely to occur.
Untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, as well as academic underachievement in children and adolescents.