My husband was diagnosed with sleep apnea 8 years ago, shortly after we moved in together. Evidently he had been a big snorer all his life (he would be 62 now, if he were still alive. The snoring was odd sounding, and at my insistence, he talked with his Dr. about it, and had a sleep study. They put him on a CPAP immediately, and suggested that he lose weight (60 lbs overweight). He made the choice to ignore the weight loss advice.
He was faithful after that wearing his CPAP at night, or for long naps to the point that he really had difficulty sleeping without it. Although the fan noise was a bit bothersome at night, it was worth it to have him sleeping better.
He had a severe stroke almost 4 years ago, and passed away after heart surgery August 2009. Now there's a new study report that relates stroke risk with sleep apnea. Who knew that two such seemingly unrelated things can now be related?