Snorer Slept 14 Minutes A Night

British doctors aghast at patient's plight
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 11:38 AM CST

(Newser) – After 17 years of getting only minutes of sleep per night, a British man is finally getting some quality sack time. Doctors say it's one of the worst cases of sleep apnea on record, the Guardian reports. The man thought he slept 12 hours a night and couldn't figure out why he was constantly exhausted. Turns out, that 12 hours was closer to 15 minutes.

"I couldn't understand it because I would fall asleep in my chair by 8pm and not get out of bed for 12 hours," said the man, whose breathing stopped every 40 seconds or so during the night. Doctors rigged a mask and a machine to improve his airways, which even tempered his ear-shattering snoring, much to his wife's delight. He now happily gets by on 7 hours a night.