- Samsung Galaxy Watches can now detect signs of sleep apnea, a serious condition that often goes undiagnosed.
- The FDA has given Samsung the green light for this new feature.
- The feature will debut in the Samsung Health Monitor app within the year.
- The watch will monitor breathing patterns over two nights to identify any disruptions that could indicate obstructive sleep apnea.
- Sleep apnea can lead to major health risks if left untreated, and detecting it with a smartwatch is game-changing.
Imagine a tiny device on your wrist that can do way more than track your steps and answer calls. Samsung Galaxy Watches have been stealthily advancing their sleep tracking features over the past few years, and now they’re stepping into groundbreaking territory.
Let’s rewind… ever heard yourself snore? Samsung watches (from the Galaxy Watch 4 onwards) can record all those nocturnal noises. Yes, it might make you giggle listening back, but loud snoring isn’t usually a laughing matter. It can point towards underlying sleep health concerns.
The big announcement
The FDA has just given Samsung the green light for a brand-new sleep apnea detection feature on Galaxy Watches. No more bulky sleep monitoring equipment; soon, users over 22 can potentially spot signs of sleep apnea, a serious condition that often remains undiagnosed.
How does it work?
This feature will debut in the Samsung Health Monitor app within the year. Over two nights (and with at least four hours of sleep tracked each night), it’ll watch out for disruptions in breathing patterns that could hint at obstructive sleep apnea.
Why this matters?
Left untreated, sleep apnea isn’t just about restless nights or feeling drained. It can become a major health risk, increasing the chances of developing hypertension, heart disease, strokes… a pretty terrifying list. Being alerted to a potential problem by something as convenient as your smartwatch? Absolutely game-changing.
Let’s get specific
The exact Galaxy Watch models compatible with this new tool are still a bit of a mystery, but one thing’s for sure – we need a Galaxy Watch and a Galaxy phone to team up for this one. Stay tuned, and we’ll keep you updated!