In a new sleep apnea study, Withings has partnered up with Mayo Clinic. The purpose is to confirm the Withings Sleep Analyzer’s diagnostic performance in detecting the condition.
Sleep apnea, for those who don’t know, is characterized by breathing problems caused by your airways relaxing and narrowing while you sleep. It’s best to see your doctor if you think you have it because it could be a major concern. It is estimated that up to 20% of the population suffers from the illness in some form or another. Surprisingly, just one out of every five instances is diagnosed and treated.
A diagnostic test of polygraphy or polysomnography is the gold standard for detecting sleep apnea. However, because this is a costly item, it cannot be made available to everyone. A widely used consumer gadget is ideal as a pre-screen for the condition.
Last year, the business did a similar study for ScanWatch. The wearable can now detect breathing irregularities during the night, but it does not diagnose sleep apnea. According to the Withings website, ScanWatch is now pending certification for medical-grade sleep apnea detection based on breathing disruption tracking.
The Withings Sleep Analyzer, on the other hand, already has this capability. This makes it the first non-invasive sensor capable of detecting the conditions on the globe.
Last year, we tested the Sleep Analyzer and found it to be a comprehensive sleep solution. There are no buttons to press, and the device does not require charging.
A large amount of data is collected, and it is immediately sent to the app on your phone, where it may be accessed whenever you like. There is also information about breathing disturbances during the night. A pneumatic sensor that detects your breathing rate, body movement, and heart rate are used by the Sleep Analyzer to do this.
Withings and Mayo Clinic are now working together on research to see how well the Sleep Analyzer compares to a Peripheral Arterial Tonometry Home Sleep Apnea Test Device. The study enlisted sixty individuals, the majority of whom came from the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine. The final results are expected to be released in March of next year.
One aspect of the research involves detecting obstructive sleep apnea. A Withings sleep monitor will be given to each participant. The WatchPAT gadget will be worn and the results compared after 5 nights of successful data gathering. The study also looks into employing a sleep analyzer as a diagnostic test for people who have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.