Does sleep apnea make you a better golfer?

Study shows that golfers' performance on the course improve big time once they are cured for sleep apnea. Tim Thelan (pictured) doesn't have apnea but is a competitive in senior tournaments.  Credit: New York Times

Study shows that golfers’ performance on the course improve big time once they are cured for sleep apnea. Tim Thelan (pictured) doesn’t have apnea but is a competitive in senior tournaments. Credit: New York Times

A cure for sleep apnea that is. According to the New York Times, a treatment called the CPAP that’s helped cure people with sleep apnea helped improve their scores. There were 12 healthy golfers compared with 12 other golfers with the average age of 55 and they all had sleep apnea. Each golfer from both sides filled out a questionnaire about their health and their golf games and it turns out that the healthy group averaged a handicap of 12.2 and by the end they averaged 12.6. The group that received the CPAP treatment for their sleep apnea went from a 12.4 handicap to an impressive 11.0 at the end. The best players among the healthy golfers had an 8.4 at the start, which rose to a 9.2 at the end. The golfers treated for sleep apnea moved from an average 9.2 to a 6.3 by the time treatment was done, a 31 percent improvement according to the New York Times. That’s very impressive if you ask me.

It tells you that people who went through sleep apnea are better golfers than the average healthy player, of course after they get treated. So, that’s a nice bonus for getting sleep apnea treated, you get to play better golf! As we know, sleep apnea can be a dangerous thing to have as it can lead to many problems including disease and breathing issues. It’s amazing with all of this technology we have today, we can cure so many different problems and it’s great. I think it’s awesome that these golfers got they’re apnea cured with this great treatment and that they’re playing the best golf of their lives those are probably the greatest Christmas gifts they’ll receive this year.

Credit: New York Times

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Colin Mieczkowski is the Editor-in-chief of the award winning GP Golf Report. He hails from Chicago,IL and is a big Chicago sports fan (Except the Cubs, sorry. Chi Sox baby). His writing journey began when he used to write in his notebook and write free verse poems. Later, he created a blog that covered Chicago sports, golf and video games (Weird combination) but decided to just focus on his main passion of golf. That's when the GP Golf Report was born and since its humble beginnings, the blog has reached well over 100,000 unique visitors and continues to grow. He also has built a love for golf course design and is a lover of "Street Golf" which is practically how he picked up the game. Colin is also a video game YouTuber as well. He goes by the name "GhostPanda" on there. You can click the YouTube symbol to check him out. Follow him on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio and add him as a friend on Facebook!
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