Salon: Sleep apnea is a consequence of too many adaptations “stuffed” into our neck, argues a writer with a PhD in history.

So how did nature bring us to a point where, for millions of people, the only effective way to breath while sleeping (aside from major surgery) is to literally force air down their throats? How did evolution let this happen?

The answer, as it turns out, has to do with evolutionary trade-offs. Humans evolved to be highly intelligent, walk upright and communicate through complex vocalizations. Those gifts came with a price.