Snoring isn’t the only problem that sleep apnea causes. The real problem begins when the snoring stops – and along with it your breathing. Sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea can stop breathing hundreds of times a night, sometimes for minutes at a time. This leads to a lack of oxygen which can contribute to a variety of serious health risks, including stroke, heart attacks, and even cancer. The heart also has to work harder, interrupting quality sleep. Just imagine how hard it is to get through the day with all of that going on at night!