Earlier this month, Fitbit quietly rolled out blood oxygen monitoring to five of its devices: the Versa, Versa 2, Versa Lite, Ionic and Charge 3. (Interestingly, Apple said its Apple Watch is capable of doing so, but it is still must be released for that device.)
Why is this important? Because your oxygen level in the blood indicates how well oxygen is distributed throughout your body, which is important to ensure that your organs are working properly.
Monitoring your oxygen levels is useful during both exercises (to see how your body adjusts during intensive HIIT training or a long walk, for example) and sleep (when it might help with early detection of underlying health problems) . Until now, Fitbit has only made blood oxygen monitoring available under the sleeping area of the app, and presents the data at a general level, so don't expect to see exact oxygen levels per hour in your bloodstream. [1
If you own one of the five Fitbit devices that have received this feature, make sure that your app has been updated with the most recent software version. To check:
- Open the Fitbit mobile app and tap in the top left corner of your avatar.
- Select the Fitbit device that you want to update. If there is an Update icon on this main page, it means that an update is available. If you don't see one, the app is probably already updated or not yet received over the air.
Make sure your Fitbit device is paired, nearby to update. on your phone and has enough battery to perform the update. Ideally, you should leave your Fitbit on the charging station, because updates can take a few minutes to an hour, depending on the last time you updated the device and the speed of your internet connection.
After the update, you do not need & # 39; t have to do much else to make blood oxygen monitoring possible. Just wear your Fitbit to sleep. The data must be available to you in the sleeping area of your Fitbit app when you wake up.
To view the data, open the mobile app and view your daily summary. Sleep should be one of the categories of data that is kept while you wear the Fitbit. If you scroll down past the hours and sleep phases, you should see a section called Estimated Oxygen Variation. Keep in mind that the function is still in the rollout phase, so if you don't see it yet, keep your Fitbit in sleep mode and come back.
If you do not see your sleep registration information on the apps of your app at all home screen:
- Scroll to the end of your Today tab and click the black Discover button.
- Tap "Health and fitness statistics" and select "Sleep" to open the section manually.
The estimated oxygen variation is presented as a graph that indicates how much variation occurred during the hours that you slept. This is how your body distributes oxygen in your bloodstream. You will notice that Fitbit chooses to generalize the data presented by indicating whether there is a large or small variation in your oxygen level in the blood. (There are many reasons for this, one important is that Fitbit does not want this data to be used for medical diagnoses.)
If you notice consistent, large variations in your sleep, contact a doctor to do further testing done . The underlying causes can be anything from depression, high blood pressure, sleep apnea or just a very tiring week – so before you go crazy seeing those big variations, check your levels for a few weeks before talking to your doctor.
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