CPAP Therapy May Boost Your Golf Game
A study published in the December 15, 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine provides support for the notion that CPAP therapy may lead to better performance on the golf course for sleep apnea patients. The study, which was headed by Dr. Marc Benton of SleepWell Centers in New Jersey (in Madison, NJ), noted the performance of 12 male golfers with an average age of 55 before and after they used CPAP therapy for at least six months. All of the men suffered from either moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea.
Cumulatively, the men displayed an 11 percent drop in golf handicap index, a calculus used to estimate a golfer’s skill level. Apparently, the therapy provided even greater benefits to those golfers who were more skilled to begin with: among the golfers with a handicap of 12 or less at the outset, the average handicap fell by nearly 32 percent. The players attributed their superior performance to better concentration, endurance and mental clarity. Though small in size, this study may eventually lead to further research on the relation between sleep apnea therapy and sports performance.
Sleep Apnea Therapy May Improve Facial Appearance
In addition to better overall quality of life, sleep apnea patients may derive a more specific benefit from using CPAP therapy: an improved appearance. A study published in the September 15, 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine furnishes evidence for the idea that people may increase their facial attractiveness by using CPAP therapy. Anecdotally, the aesthetic appearance of poor sleepers is assumed to suffer as a result of their sleep behavior; now, we may have reason to believe that CPAP therapy can offer reliable assistance in this area.
The study involved 20 middle-aged participants who were rated on their facial appearance before and after they began CPAP therapy. Significant improvement in facial appearance was noticeable after only several months of therapy. A wide range of positive changes were noted: specifically, patients looked more alert, more vibrant, and more youthful; moreover, they tended to have less puffy foreheads and less red faces. Though further research is necessary, these findings should certainly be taken as good news for patients looking to improve their appearance through therapy.