Sleep Apnea is a condition that is most common among heavy, middle-aged adults.  Advanced forms of sleep apnea have been tied to a range of cardiovascular problems.  It takes a few years for it to progress from a mild case to a more severe case, and mostly it is because of weight gain.  When you start having symptoms you should take the symptoms seriously.  Start changing your lifestyle habits early and you can cure the disease and prevent it from getting worse.  Losing weight through exercise and eating healthy will have long-term benefits for those with mild sleep apnea.   Contact your Loveland physician for help.