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their back (the position which shoring is most likely to occur). You can nudge them to turn over, but if that doesn't work, it may be a sign that your partner has obstructive sleep apnea (a problem that should be evaluated by a sleep specialist). Avoid alcohol and eating late at night because it exacerbates snoring. If you think it is a nasal issue, see an ear nose and throat specialist. The bed partner can also try earplugs or various white noise machines.

Is there anything you can do to make your partner stop snoring?

If you've found that your partner snores on his or her back, but not on his or her stomach or side, the snoring is side dependant. You can help the snorer learn to sleep in a different position. I have found this technique successful: Have the snorer wear a snug t-shirt with a pocket sewn onto the area mid way between the shoulder blades on the back. Put a tennis ball in this pocket and say goodnight. Whenever the snorer flips onto his or her back, they will find this very uncomfortable, as the tennis ball will cue them to roll back over. Eventually, some people can train themselves to stop sleeping on their back.

What are some methods for coping with a partner's CPAP machine?

Some people are so happy to no longer be sleeping next to a loud snorer that they are happy to sleep next to a "humming" CPAP machine. But there are others who are bothered by the sound. For those, there are some suggestions: You can call the company who set up your CPAP and request a longer cord, so that you can keep the machine in a closet or in another remote area. I have even had patients create soundproof boxes for their CPAP unit. The good news is that machines are smaller and quieter than they used to be.

The partner without the CPAP machine could go to sleep before the patient with the CPAP in hopes that they won't hear it once they've fallen asleep. For added