According to ABC News, people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea often ignore its serious effects. However, some people seek treatment when they discover that it can improve their performance during their favorite activities.
A recent study abstract found that treating OSA in golfers improved their game by up to three strokes off their handicap in 20 rounds of golf.
The study included 24 golfers. Twelve were treated for OSA, while 12 were not. Results show that golfers who received treatment used their CPAP 90 percent of the time. CPAP therapy is most effective when it is used all night, every night.
Other hobbies can benefit from CPAP therapy too. Solving crossword puzzles, bowling, and even driving may become less challenging and more enjoyable.
People with moderate to severe OSA may wake up hundreds of times per night without knowing it. Untreated OSA can cause daytime sleepiness and decreased daytime functioning. More serious problems include increased risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke and even death.
How do you cure OSA?
The AASM recommends dietary weight loss as one treatment strategy for people who are obese and have sleep apnea. But weight loss should be combined with another treatment such as CPAP or an oral appliance.
CPAP keeps the airway open to prevent breathing pauses during sleep. This improves your sleep quality, allowing you to think more clearly and work more efficiently during the day.
Visit an AASM-accredited sleep disorders center if you have an ongoing sleep problem.
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