sleep apnea is a huge problem in this country, and although many people are diagnosed every day, many more still do not know they are affected. The scary part is how serious the implications of apnea can be -- elevated BP, higher risk of stroke and heart attack, and more.
Being overweight is definitely a contributing factor for many apnea sufferers, but slender people can be affected too.
Having a sleep study is critical.
Using a CPAP is ideal, if diagnosed -- but not everyone tolerates them well. I hate mine, passionately. I get claustrophobic every time I put it on!
I tried mouthguards and nasal sprays with no luck. I got a chinstrap from my hubby last Christmas, I think mostly as a joke because I was so down on how everything was failing. I tried it, though, and it actually worked. Check out good-bye-snore (a dot com) for the science behind the chinstrap, which actually retrains your jaw to position correctly during sleep.