A recent study presented by at the European Sleep Research Society revealed that men with moderate sleep apnea had a lower death rate (about 1/3) than those without sleep apnea. These findings were presented by Dr. Peretz Lavie of the Technion-Israel Institute. This paradoxical finding could be an aberration, but one possible explanation proposed was that repeated bursts of breathing pauses can condition the body to become more conditioned to this situation. Although in general, the higher the apnea score, the more symptoms and medical problems people generally have, sometimes I do see elderly men in their 70s or 80s with an index of 70 or 80 (80 times per hour one stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer). But these people are completely without any subjective complaints and are unaware of any medical problems. What do you do with these healthy 80 year olds that snore heavily, but do not have not have any medical problems? Do you know anyone that snores like a chainsaw, but is completely healthy otherwise?