Samsung Galaxy Watch6 and Watch5 get sleep apnea detection

Samsung has announced a new sleep apnea detection feature for Galaxy Watch6 and Watch5 models in Korea early next year.
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Samsung has announced a new sleep apnea detection feature for Galaxy Watch models in Korea early next year. The new feature has been approved by Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) and will be unlocked for South Korean users in the Samsung Health Monitor app for the Galaxy Watch6 and Watch5 series early next year.

“With the new sleep apnea feature on 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.”

Hon Pak, Vice President and Head of Digital Health Team at Samsung Mobile

Samsung claims that Galaxy Watch5, Watch5 Pro, Watch6 and Galaxy Watch6 Classic users will be able to detect noticeable sleep apnea symptoms in the early stages. If the Galaxy smartwatch suspects something, it advises the user to see a doctor. The doc can then check the blood oxygen levels recorded via the BioActive sensors during sleep.

Based on the determined blood oxygen values and their change to apnea/hypopnea, an estimated apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) is obtained. The new feature requires two sleep tracking sessions with more than four hours of data to decide whether you have sleep apnea symptoms.

Sleep apnea is a common health problem worldwide that causes people to stop breathing while sleeping. This leads to a reduced oxygen supply to the body. Other symptoms and consequences include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke or cognitive disorders.


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