Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is getting a new health tracking feature you probably won’t be able to use


Have you ever gone to sleep only to wake up feeling even more tired? If you have, there is a chance that you could be suffering from sleep apnea which is when you stop breathing in your sleep, and one of the side-effects is that you wake up feeling even more tired than when you went to bed.

But how do you know if you’re suffering from sleep apnea? You could always go to a sleep clinic where they’ll monitor you while you sleep, but this can be expensive and a little awkward for some, but the good news is that if you own a Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, sleep apnea tracking will be a new feature you can look forward to.

“By leveraging Galaxy Watch’s BioActive Sensor, the sleep apnea feature monitors blood oxygen levels during sleep and identifies moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea by analyzing how the detected blood oxygen values change to apnea/hypopnea, then estimates Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI). Users are simply required to track their sleep twice, each time more than 4 hours, within 10 days to gauge whether they have these symptoms.”

This is great news for those who want a way to be able to diagnose themselves from the comfort of their own home, but the bad news is that for now, it looks like it might only be available in Korea where it has been approved by the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.

It is possible that it could eventually expand to other countries pending the approval by the country’s regulatory bodies, but we’ll have to wait and see. For our readers in Korea, this feature is expected to roll out via the Samsung Health Monitor app early next year.

Source: Samsung

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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