Smartwatches just aren’t counting steps, they’re also trying to track your sleep. Fitbit, a leading wearable device company, now includes a sleep tracking feature in its Versa 2 smartwatch. It uses sensors, algorithms and intuitive technologies to evaluate the quality of a user’s sleep. The company hopes wearers will achieve better sleep, thereby improving their overall health and mental and physical alertness.
Creating New Sleep Habits
The Versa 2 provides a sleep score based on the night’s heart rate, restlessness, time awake and duration of sleep. Users can create sleep schedules and bedtime reminders to modify their sleep behaviors, view trends in their sleep score and compare it to other Versa 2 wearers. The smartwatch also includes a silent wake feature to gradually stir users from their sleep, while a new feature called Smart Wake will arouse the wearer during the optimal time of the sleep cycle.
Snoring and Apnea Detection Coming
Fitbit currently is beta-testing a feature that will tell a smartwatch wearer if it notices snoring. Snore Detect uses the device’s microphone to note sounds and reports on the duration and intensity of snoring. Eventually, Fitbit hopes to be able to track changes in oxygen levels in the bloodstream to help identify potential breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnea.
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