Pulmonary specialist Dr. Marc Benton recently revealed to the American College Of Chest Physicians that sleep apnea patients who get therapy can lower their golf handicap by as much as three strokes.
Many of those who suffer from sleep apnea pauses in breathing during sleep are middle-aged men who play golf.
Sleep apnea causes them to wake up throughout the night, so theyre constantly tired, emotional, and less focused.
By treating the condition with airway therapy that uses special masks, Benton says patients will sleep well and be more focused the next time they play golf.
Since golf requires alertness and decision-making, Benton says players must be at their cognitive prime.
Restful sleep also helps people manage their anger, so they wont fly off the handle if they miss a putt on the links.
Benton hopes the lower golf handicap motivates sleep apnea patients to finally get treatment.
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