In the past decade or two hardly a few people were aware of sleep apnea. With the advancement of medical science, more and more people now know about this disease. If left unattended, it could become really serious, causing death at the worst. The most common consequences of sleep apnea are obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks. Around 50% of Americans are reportedly affected by sleep apnea, and the percentage is rising at an alarming rate.