Is Sleep Apnea Hurting Your Golf Handicap?
We’ve learned many times that obstructive sleep apnea can affect your mood, your heart, even your IQ. Now new evidence suggests that it may also affect your golf score.
The New York Times reports on a study which while small, featured results which could accurately be called a hole in one:
The control group started with an average handicap of 12.2, and by the end — 20 rounds of golf later — their average was 12.6. The group treated for sleep apnea moved from an average 12.4 at the start to a 11.0 at the end, a small but significant improvement. And among the most skilled golfers — those with a handicap of 12 or less at the start — the change was worth hoisting a celebratory Arnold Palmer. The best players among the controls had an 8.4 at the start, which eroded to a 9.2 at the end. Those treated for sleep apnea moved from an average 9.2 to a 6.3 by the time treatment was done, a 31 percent improvement.
This isn’t such a mysterious result when you consider that golf is a game which rewards focus, mental clarity and physical stamina, all of which can be affected by sleep deprivation. But this study speaks to a larger issue as well, namely that obstructive sleep apnea is an indiscriminate marauder that can hinder just about everything you do on a daily basis.
The subjects in this study were treated with the aid of a CPAP, but there’s no reason to think they wouldn’t see similar results by addressing their sleep apnea in other ways, including sinus surgery if necessary.
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