If You Have Sleep Apnea You Will Suck
By Kickntrue on 11/5/09
A new study shows that those with obstructive sleep apnea a nighttime breathing disorder are worse at golf than those without.



Imagine if they took money given as grants to these research studies and applied it to something useful, like world hunger, clean water, or my bank account. The earth we live on would be a better place.

Anyway- back to the study. So if you don't sleep well- you're not going to be as good at golf. Great- my 8 year old niece could have probably deduced that. Oh- and if you do have obstructive sleep apnea- you now know you can never achieve the golf you could if you didn't have it- and there isn't much you can do about it. Tough luck. Oh wait- there is something you can do about it...

The numbers:
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.

"The original intent of the study was to investigate whether there would be improvement in the performance of golfers with sleep apnea once treated. That was seen and was no surprise to me. The surprise was that the most significant improvement was noted in the lower handicap golfers, many of whom were older," study co-author Dr. Marc L. Benton told Reuters Health.
If those numbers are legit... I'm intrigued, but you have to wonder how big the sample was for this study and the timing it happened in. If it runs from spring to summer players are going to get better just from playing. Funny things happen with practice (which is more possible when someone is paying for you to golf so they can watch your scores). The whole thing just seems significantly flawed to me.

If you're wondering why I'm being such a cynical punk about this... it's because I'm pretty sure I have Sleep Apnea and my health insurance doesn't cover therapy to fix it.

11 handicap... here I never come.

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[ comments ]
Backquak says:
don't you already get paid to play golf? have you tried the breath right strips? might help, and since I'm a chiropractor I will also offer that up too. A healthy spine helps the body work better, be it back pain, sleeping problems, whatever, its worth a try, right?
Kurt the Knife says:
and lose some weight.
Kurt the Knife says:
and lose some weight.
Kurt the Knife says:
and lose some weight.
Mjw71772 says:
I beg to differ with this study, I have sleep apnea and most of my friends do not, and REALY suck. I am no Tiger Woods, but compared to them, I rule. And I think the government should do better stuff with my tax dollars, like make some totally free golf courses.
Shallowface says:
It's incredible to me that someone's health insurance doesn't cover treatment of sleep apnea. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes. Why an insurance company would not see treatment as good preventive medicine is beyond me.

SteelBalls, while obesity does have an effect in many cases of sleep apnea, there are plenty of thin people who have it as well. I lost 90 pounds after getting my CPAP, and I still need the same amount of air pressure that I needed before losing the weight. There often is a neurological component to sleep apnea that is unrelated to a person's weight.

If you have sleep apnea, do everything you can to get real treatment (and that's NOT nasal strips or gimmick sprays). Left untreated, IT CAN KILL YOU. I know. It nearly killed me. You won't believe how much better you will feel. And that will lower your handicap.
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