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To the Editor:

Re “The Claim: A tennis ball on the back of pajamas can cut snoring” (Really?, July 12): The tennis ball does work, but it takes more than one. Several years ago, after a night in a sleep lab, I was given a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. A specialist then put me back into the lab using a CPAP machine. Problem solved.

Then he suggested that I buy a snug-fitting sleeveless undershirt and have my spouse sew a narrow pocket on the back capable of holding three tennis balls right up to my spine. Problem solved, and as effectively as with the CPAP machine.

Dave Nelson

Old Greenwich, Conn.

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