Most golfers I know are always looking for ways to improve their game of golf. But why not stop buying new putters and paying for private lessons, and rather look into ways to get a more quality nights sleep. Check your health and consider getting tested and treated for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA has a number of symptoms associated with it including:
- Grogginess or feeling tired in the morning
- Waking up with clammy mouth, sore or dry throat
- Morning headaches
- Restless sleep
- Mood swings
- Decreased interest in sex
- Waking up with gasping or choking sensations
- Lack of energy throughout the day
- Sleepiness while driving or performing other activities
A recent small study suggests middle-aged men are more likely to improve their game of golf by treating OSA. According to Dr. Marc Benton with SleepWell Centers of New Jersey, “the degree of improvement was most substantial in the better golfers who have done a superior job of managing the technical and mechanical aspects of golf.”
A handicap in golf is considered the number of strokes shot over or under par. This has a direct reference to individual skill level within the game. Simply put, if your handicap is lower, you are considered a golfer. Research proved that men who received CPAP therapy decreased their handicap index on average by 11%. This was probably due to experiencing less instances of sleepiness and lack or energy during the day and better sleep during the night.
Forgetfulness, lack of energy or sleepiness during the day is going to affect how much focus you have in order to develop clubface control or change the amount of speed and force you introduce to a full swing. Being able to practice wisely will lead to a better score during the actual game. You cannot achieve this with lingering symptoms from untreated sleep apnea such as headaches, mood swings, lack of energy and more. Speak with your primary care physician today to determine if you should be tested or treated for sleep apnea. Then call Aeroflow Healthcare at (888) 345-1780 to get setup on equipment and resupply through insurance. Not only will it improve your game of golf but your health also.