Samsung has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the sleep apnea feature in the Samsung Health Monitor app. This detects sleep apnea symptoms when using a compatible Galaxy Watch and Samsung phone combination in the US.
Wondering which Galaxy Watch? It’s still unclear, Samsung’s press release doesn’t go into specifics, but it’s safe to assume that it will at least get the Galaxy Watch 6 series. For what it’s worth, both the Watch6 and Watch5 families in Korea support the feature, which was previously approved by the relevant authorities there.
The sleep apnea feature allows you to detect moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea symptoms during a two-night monitoring period starting in the third quarter of this year, when it’s scheduled to start (so between July and September).
To use it, you simply need to track your sleep for more than four hours twice in a ten-day period. You must be over 22 years of age to use the feature.
Sleep apnea is a common and chronic sleep disorder that often goes undiagnosed and untreated. It can cause you to stop breathing and cut off your oxygen supply during sleep. As a result, it can cause low sleep quality and daytime fatigue. Untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias and stroke.
The National Sleep Foundation reports that 25% of men and 10% of women in the United States experience this problem. Samsung’s new feature makes it easy for more people to know if they have and seek medical help to minimize health-related problems.