Snoring and sleep apnea are serious conditions. When left untreated they can cause high blood pressure, stroke, irregular heart beats, and even heart attacks. More than 18 million adults in America have sleep apnea and at least 40% of adults over 40 have snoring issues. Sleep apnea, the more serious of the two conditions, occurs when breathing repeatedly stops and starts during the night. Despite the short and long-term issues caused by snoring and sleep apnea, the disorders are often left untreated by many adults. In some instances, those who suffer from the conditions don’t even realize they are affected by them. And, in other cases, patients don’t recognize the harmful short and long-term effects of snoring and sleep apnea.