Over 200,000 people are diagnosed with sleep apnea each year in the US. It's a common condition that can lead to serious health issues. Sleep apnea is caused by blocked airways and can result in snoring and choking during sleep. Some people stop breathing just a few times a night, others have hundreds of occurrences during a sleeping period. These individuals can lose nearly one third of their night's sleep as their body needs to clear the obstruction and restart normal breathing. This disruption in sleep can cause daytime fatigue, general drowsiness, headaches, high blood pressure, weight gain and eventually heart disease.