By petedirenzo
Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Sleep apnea patients who have been less than religious about their treatments now have a new motivation to comply with their doctors' orders: lower golf scores.  A new study, featured in Scientific American, found that patients who regularly used their NPAP machines lowered their handicaps by up to three strokes. People with sleep apnea stop breathing for short periods of time multiple times a night. In severe cases, people can stop breathing up to 50 times an hour, according to Twelve golfers with apnea received nasal positive airway pressure
treatment, or NPAP. The researchers kept track of the subjects’ daytime
tiredness, sleep and golf scores over 20 rounds. And handicaps improved
by an average of a stroke-and-a-half per round. With the better golfers
going in showing the most improvement. The scores on the medical tests
also got better. A control group didn’t improve their game or their

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