Researchers are reporting that when treating cases of sleep apnea, golfers have reported as much as a three stroke improvement in their game.
Golfers with the nighttime breathing disorder obstructive sleep apnea can improve their scores by treating their problem, according to study findings presented this week at the CHEST 2009 meeting in San Diego, California.
After a few months of using a night-time device that provides nasal positive airway pressure (NPAP)—a treatment that has been shown effective for curbing sleep apnea—a dozen golfers saw their average handicap fall significantly from 12.4 to 11.0. The effect was even more pronounced in better golfers (handicap <12), whose average handicap dropped from 9.2 to 6.3.
Consistently getting a good night’s sleep makes virtually everything better. Students who get a good night’s sleep do better on tests. Athletes perform better. Depression eases. Auto accident rates decrease. Sex is improved.
I’m wondering how much taxpayer money went to pay for this pearl of wisdom.