Study: Stick with CPAP therapy, improve golf game

Thursday, January 2, 2014

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Using a CPAP device helps sleep apnea patients rest, look better, and, according to a recent study, improve their golf games. Twelve golfers treated by Morristown Memorial Hospital doctors for sleep apnea shaved as many as three strokes off their handicap in 20 golf rounds, according to news stories. “More so than many sports, golf has a strong intellectual component, with on-course strategizing, focus and endurance being integral parts to achieving good play,” said study co-author Marc Benton of Atlantic Sleep and Pulmonary Associates, noting that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) causes fatigue and cognitive impairment. Doctors said the golfers stuck with CPAP therapy 90% of the time.