More Wearables Are Including Sleep Apnea Detection Technology

In a recent blog post, we shared how an upcoming smart watch from Samsung will include sleep apnea detection technology. As it happens, Samsung isn’t the only industry player getting in on the game.

Google rolled out a range of new sensors in its Pixel Watch 2 in June. It included a range of software features normally found in Fitbit – which Google acquired in 2019 – but also a blood oxygen saturation sensor, which can help detect sleep apnea.

Now Apple is launching its response to these Android-driven devices with the 10th anniversary model of the Apple Watch. The tech giant is including a range of health-centric features on the new iteration of its wearable, including blood pressure monitoring, hypertension monitoring and sleep apnea detection.

As Apple’s wearable technology nears its tenth anniversary, it’s worth pointing out that wearables are hitting a new level of maturity that should be of interest to users with even passive interest in health and wellness. If you’re looking for ways to better monitor your health, you have a number of options within reach at different price points.

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Wearable electronics have become more commonplace over the past six or seven years. Now one major electronics manufacturer is launching a feature in its product line that may achieve early detection of obstructive sleep apnea.

Samsung recently announced an upcoming sleep apnea detection feature in the Samsung Health Monitor app for the company’s Galaxy Watch line of smart watches. Set for launch in early 2024, this new feature is designed to spot sleep apnea symptoms in their early stages, allowing for timely intervention and better management of this serious medical condition.

Samsung’s new sleep apnea feature utilizes the Galaxy Watch’s BioActive Sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels during sleep. By analyzing how the blood oxygen values change in response to apnea/hypopnea, the device estimates the Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI), a critical measure to assess the severity of sleep apnea. Users will be prompted to track their sleep at least twice, with each session lasting over four hours within a ten-day period to gauge the presence of sleep apnea symptoms.

This cutting-edge sleep apnea detection feature is a significant addition to the existing health monitoring capabilities of the Samsung Health Monitor app, which already includes blood pressure monitoring, electrocardiogram (ECG) detection, and irregular heart rhythm notification (IHRN). By integrating these features into the Galaxy Watch series, Samsung aims to provide users with a comprehensive understanding of their overall health right from their wrist.

Now for the bad news: Samsung will initially be rolling out this new feature only in its home country of South Korea. However, given the availability of other health-related sensors in numerous markets – not to mention Samsung’s status as one of the world’s largest consumer technology manufacturers – it’s a safe bet that the company will offer the functionality in the U.S. in fairly short order. (It’s worth pointing out that the announcement of the feature was made available in English, and that the announcement included information gleaned from American medical institutions.)

In the meantime, if you’re concerned that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, there’s no need to wait – contact us today for an at-home sleep study.

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