watchOS 8 will introduce breathing rate monitoring during sleep
With the Apple Watch, users can already track their sleep behavior. However, at WWDC 2021, Apple announced a major update to its smartwatches with watchOS 8, and one of the new features we can look forward to is sleep-breathing rate monitoring. This is the measure of the number of breaths you take per minute.
According to Apple, “It does this by using the built-in accelerometer on the Apple Watch to measure breathing rate while you sleep, and this information, along with trends over time, can be viewed in the Health app on the iPhone.” Why is this important? Why should we measure the number of breaths per minute while we sleep?
Because if you’ve ever woken up more tired than going to bed, or if you suffer from high blood pressure, one of the reasons may be something called obstructive sleep apnea. By measuring the number of breaths per minute you may be able to get an idea of what is wrong.
You can even take these numbers with you to a doctor who may have more tests on you to see if you have the condition, and detecting them early could help prevent complications later. This will be part of the watchOS 8 update, which is expected to be released later this year.
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