Is Snoring a Problem in Your House?
Over 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep breathing disorder, and 20 million suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Despite the high prevalence, 93% of women and 82% of men with moderate to severe OSA remain undiagnosed, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Fortunately, ICPR has teamed up with Watermark Medical to bring you ARES (Apnea Risk Evaluation System), a new service that allows us to test for this dangerous disorder in the comfort of your own home. That’s right… no expensive and inconvenient overnight lab testing!
What are some symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Many who suffer from sleep apnea also experience loud snoring that is interrupted by frequent episodes of obstructed breathing (or obstructive sleep apnea). Serious episodes can last more than 10 seconds and occur more than seven times an hour… leading to anywhere from 30 to 300 such events per night! Additional symptoms include:
- Always tired, trouble concentrating and staying awake
- Waking with headaches
- Waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
- Sore and/or dry throat after sleep
- Restless sleep
- Recurrent awakenings or insomnia
- Frequent trips to the bathroom at night
- Rapid weight gain
How do episodes of obstructed breathing affect my health?
- Reduces blood oxygen levels
- Causes heart to pump harder
- Increases risk of stroke and cardiac disorders
How does the ARES Home Sleep Test work?
ARES is a wireless device that is worn on your forehead overnight –in the comfort of your own bed. Its small size allows it to be worn comfortably in all sleep positions and even notifies you with a voice prompt to ensure you are wearing it correctly. Check out this informational video on how to use the ARES to get a better idea on how easy and comfortable this test can be.
After wearing the device – typically for only one night – Dr. Sumer and his team will be able to take the data collected and integrate it with clinical history and physical data to determine the presence and severity of sleep apnea, as well as provide you with therapy options all within a week!