Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Notes for a Partner

Man and woman talking to healthcare provider.Snoring and sleep apnea affect your life, as well as your partner’s. You can help in the treatment of the problem. Be supportive. Encourage your partner both to get treatment and to make the adjustments needed to follow through.

Adjusting to changes

Your partner’s treatment may involve making changes to certain life habits. You can help your partner make and stick with these changes. For example:

  • Support and even join your partner’s exercise program.

  • Be supportive if your partner gets CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). He or she may feel self-conscious at first. Remind your partner to expect adjustments to CPAP before it feels just right.

  • Consider joining a snoring and sleep apnea support group.

Go along to see the healthcare provider

You can give the healthcare provider the best account of your partner’s nighttime breathing and snoring patterns. Try to go along to healthcare provider’s appointments. If you can’t go, write notes for your partner to give to the healthcare provider. Describe your partner’s snoring and sleep breathing patterns in detail.

Tips for sleeping with a snorer

Until treatment takes care of your partner’s snoring:

  • Try to go to bed first. It may help if you’re already asleep when your partner starts to snore.

  • Wear earplugs to bed. A fan or other source of background noise may also help drown out snoring.