While Samsung has been a pioneer in this area, other manufacturers, such as Apple and Withings, are also working on similar solutions for their devices.
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If you find yourself tossing and turning in bed at night or waking up feeling fatigued in the morning, you might be experiencing sleep apnea, a condition where breathing pauses briefly while you sleep. Although anyone can be affected, some of the leading smartwatches, like Samsung’s Galaxy Watch, can help detect and manage this condition. The good news is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the sleep apnea detection feature in the United States.
Samsung announced that the Galaxy Watch series has become the first smartwatch to receive FDA De Novo authorization for detecting sleep apnea. This approval is a significant milestone as no other consumer smartwatch has achieved this feature, including the Apple Watch.
The feature will roll out in the US in the third quarter
It’s important to note that this approval does not guarantee the technology to be foolproof in all situations. Samsung has pointed out that the Galaxy Watch should not be considered a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has also approved this feature.
Samsung plans to implement the sleep apnea monitoring feature for compatible Galaxy Watches in the third quarter of this year. The feature will be available through the Samsung Health Monitor app. While exactly which models of Galaxy Watch will have this feature have not been specified, it has been mentioned that the Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 5 lines are the only ones with sleep apnea detection.
To utilize this feature, you must be at least 22 years old and not have been previously diagnosed with sleep apnea. The smartwatch will be able to detect signs of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) during a two-night monitoring period. It’s important to sleep for at least two days for more than four hours each within a 10-day period to obtain accurate results.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can interfere with sleep quality and have serious health consequences. Therefore, early detection through devices like smartwatches could be crucial in identifying individuals at risk and taking preventive measures.
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