Fox News features a new FDA approved Apnea CPAP Sleep Test you can take and wear at home. The Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES), is designed to determine the presence and severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Individuals who have chronic snoring, excess weight, large neck circumference (>17 inches for men, > 16 inches for women), excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability or high blood pressure are more likely to have sleep apnea and can use this device.
ARES is programmed to collect physiological data, among which are blood oxygen saturation (Sp02), pulse rate (reflectance pulse oximetry), airflow (nasal cannula connected to a pressure transducer), snoring levels (calibrated acoustic microphone), head movement and head position (accelerometers). It is wireless and worn on the forehead. Unlike any other device, The compact ARES is lightweight and comfortable which allows more freedom of movement during sleep. It is self-applied and contains an audio and visual indicator that can talk the patient through the entire process for a more accurate data screening.
The ARES Home Sleep Test Kit includes: 1 Cannula (Disposable), Adjustable Head Strap (Disposable), EEG Electrodes (Disposable) and Clear Baggie (For ARES return).
You can have ARES ordered by your physician and if you have a high probability for OSA you can take this sleep test in the privacy of your own home and wear it at home . Depending on your insurance coverage, you can acquire it for free. Compared to in-laboratory OSA tests, ARES is the more cost-effective option.