Samsung Electronics recently received de novo authorization from the FDA to include a sleep apnea detection feature in the “Samsung Health Monitor” app on the Galaxy Watch. The company announced this innovative functionality in a press release.
This feature aims to identify signs of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea in adults aged 22 and above. By monitoring two nights of sleep lasting over four hours within a 10-day period, the Galaxy Watch provides valuable insights into users’ sleep health.
“The sleep apnea feature will enable users over the age of 22 who have not been diagnosed with sleep apnea to detect signs of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) over a two-night monitoring period, a common and chronic sleep condition that often goes undiagnosed and untreated,” Samsung writes. “To utilize the feature, users will be able to simply track their sleep twice for more than four hours within a ten-day period.”
Samsung has announced the launch of its sleep apnea detection feature in the United States in Q3 of 2024 on the Galaxy Watch. This feature is expected to coincide with the launch of the Galaxy Watch 7 series around the same period.
The introduction of this feature will enhance the capabilities of the Galaxy Watch series. While it has received approval in South Korea, it is unclear if this feature will be available on other Galaxy Watch models and in other countries.
As per a statement from Samsung, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) impacts approximately 25% of men and 10% of women in the United States. This sleep disorder results in temporary breathing cessation during sleep, significantly compromising sleep quality and posing potential risks to overall health.
OSA is associated with various cardiovascular conditions, including hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, and stroke. The capability to identify and address OSA could prove immensely advantageous in promoting better health outcomes.