From these studies, it can be easily concluded that the social impact of the obstructive sleep apnea and its treatment goes far beyond that of the individual patient with sleep apnea. When one considers the widespread prevalence of sleep apnea, the cost of CPAP treatment, and the difficulties in maintaining compliance with such therapy (despite the overwhelming amount of evidence as to the benefit of such therapy on cardiovascular prevention—eg, stroke, heart attack, and hypertension—and mortality), the influence and role of the bed partner in medical management is clear. The fact that the bed partner may be the main reason that a patient seeks therapy, also may be the main reason that a patient continues with therapy. Therefore, the effect of CPAP treatment on a bed partner’s subjective and objective physical, mental, and emotional health may be of the utmost importance. The uniqueness of the study by Parish and Lyng is that it examines the impact of CPAP treatment on the bed partner. None of the previous studies have looked at this particular aspect of therapy. It is essential that further studies of these treatment dynamics are performed, as this may be one of the most cost-effective and efficacious ways to improve not only patient compliance and general health, but the impact of the application of health-care treatments on society as a whole. Sleep apnea should be considered a community “health problem,” impairing the quality of life and well-being of not only the individual patient, but the entire family and society.