Samsung Watches to Measure Sleep Apnea
Samsung Electronics has recently announced a significant development for its Galaxy Watch series, as the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has approved the integration of a sleep apnea monitoring function into the Samsung Health Monitor app. This new feature is set to be applied to Galaxy Watch devices in South Korea in the early months of the coming year.
Hon Pak, Vice President and Head of the Digital Health Team at Samsung Electronics emphasized the company’s commitment to delivering advanced technologies that empower individuals to understand and manage their wellness better. He stated, “With the new sleep apnea feature on the Galaxy Watch series, we are providing users with a simple, proactive tool to recognize this disorder in its earliest possible stages before their condition worsens.“
The sleep apnea function will leverage the Galaxy Watch’s BioActive sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels during sleep. It identifies moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea by analyzing changes in blood oxygen values when apnea or shallow, slow breathing is detected. Additionally, it estimates the Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI). Users will be able to assess if they experience these symptoms by tracking their sleep twice within a 10-day period, with each tracking session lasting more than four hours.
Sleep apnea is a common yet serious condition that causes individuals to temporarily stop breathing during sleep. This can lead to interruptions in the oxygen supply, reduced sleep quality, and various health complications, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and cognitive impairment. Shockingly, many individuals remain unaware of their symptoms or fail to seek treatment. According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 25 percent of men and 10 percent of women in the United States suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, with a significant portion going undiagnosed.
With this innovative addition to the Galaxy Watch series, Samsung aims to empower users to proactively manage their sleep health and address sleep apnea in its early stages, ultimately enhancing overall well-being.
Samsung’s commitment to advancing technology in wearable devices reflects the company’s dedication to improving the lives of its users. The introduction of the sleep apnea monitoring function is another step in this direction, contributing to a healthier and more informed user experience.