Here’s another sleep apnea study showing that treating this condition can improve your golf score. In a pilot study, researchers at Morristown Memorial Hospital in NJ studied 12 golfers with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, who went through 20 rounds over 3 to 5 months. They were compared with 12 control patients who did not have sleep apnea. The golfers treated with CPAP saw their average handicap drop from 12.4 to 11, which was statistically significant. Not too surprising. Compliance, defined as using their CPAP machines for at leasts 4 hours per night, on 75% of the nights, was much higher than usual at 75%, with 11 out of 12 using it 85% of the time. What was a little more surprising was that the better golfers had much better improvements. Their handicaps dropped from 9.0 to 6.6, which is a very big drop.
Not too surprising, in light of a recent study that showed improved accuracy and stamina in tennis players after sleeping longer. In theory, you can show that treating sleep apnea can improve almost anything. I’m sure there will be many more similar studies on the way.
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