Withings Sleep Now Tracks Breathing Disturbances, Full Sleep Apnea Detection Coming Later This Year

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Connected health company Withings today announced new features coming to its sleep sensor mat, Withings Sleep, which will help track and provide detailed information about breathing disturbances during the night. This feature is available to all Withings Sleep owners today, and is the first step towards more advanced sleep apnea detection, which is coming later in 2019.

Withings says that a breathing disturbance can be any sign of troubled breathing that happens at night, which can be fairly common but goes unnoticed by most people. While these disturbances can be harmless, when they happen more frequent and become more intense, they have the chance to impair sleep quality and act as a sign of a chronic illness such as sleep apnea.


With breathing disturbances tracking on Withings Sleep, users will be able to identify early warning signs of these issues. Withings Sleep itself is a slim mat that you place under the mattress to track sleep cycles, heart rate, snoring, and more. The new feature monitors all of these statistics to track the intensity of breathing disturbances.

Each disturbance is then rated in the Health Mate app, from low to high, while providing monthly charts to see how your progression has been. The app also provides educational content so you can learn how these disturbances impact sleep, blood pressure, fitness, and weight, and seek proper medical care if needed.


Withings notes that these features are the "first step" towards launching a full sleep apnea detection update on Withings Sleep, planned for the end of 2019 and dependent upon FDA and CE clearances. According to Withings, the Withings Sleep is the first device to offer breathing disturbances detection on a non-intrusive in-home sleep tracking system.
"Despite its prevalence and serious consequences, sleep apnea goes largely undetected as current tests are confined to the clinical and sleep lab environment," says Eric Carreel, President of Withings. "By allowing people to track the intensity of breathing disturbances, we are helping them identify warning signs early. This announcement is very important as it furthers our mission to bring medical grade analytics into the home and is the first step towards the medical certification of sleep apnea detection which we aim for by the end of this year."
Withings Sleep is a direct competitor to the Apple-owned Beddit sleep monitor system, which is a flexible strip placed under a sheet on top of a mattress that tracks sleep time, heart rate, respiration, temperature, movement, and more.

Those with the Withings Sleep can update their device with breathing disturbances tracking starting today, through the Health Mate iOS app. Withings sells the Withings Sleep for $99.95 on its website and on Amazon.

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sharleyP

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That is great idea. I think (the rumored) introduction of sleep tracking to Apple Watch may have similar purpose in the end. As it was with heart rate sensor and then EKG.
 

Scottsoapbox

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This is probably more accurate, but I don't want a tech mat between me and my super comfortable bed.
 

omihek

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I should probably get this. I've been only half awake during the day and only half asleep during the night for as long as I can remember. I'm always tired but never exhausted enough to have a good sleep. The rare times I do sleep, I've been told I snore very loud.
 

AnthonyG6

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I should probably get this. I've been only half awake during the day and only half asleep during the night for as long as I can remember. I'm always tired but never exhausted enough to have a good sleep. The rare times I do sleep, I've been told I snore very loud.
That's classic sleep apnea symptoms, please get yourself checked out as soon as possible.
 
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unfunfionn

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Many of the people I know who tracked their sleeping patterns saw the biggest improvement in sleep quality when they just stopped bringing their phones into the bedroom with them. Going to bed wired and waking up wired, then wondering why your sleep quality was so bad is a sad irony.

Obviously I'm not referring to those who have medical conditions affecting sleep.
 
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michaelant

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This is great! I suspect I have mild or moderate sleep apnea, or at least breathing interruptions, which have gotten better as I’ve lost weight. I’ll gladly spend $100 to find out if I’m crazy or not - much easier than the hassle of arranging a sleep clinic, not to mention fighting with insurance. Plus, ongoing tracking and quantification - exactly what I need. Now to wonder if Apple’s going to FDA approved for this soon with the Watch.
 

Mr X

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Can any current owners comment on the accuracy of this product and how does it work in a shared bed?
Works like a dream! (Excuse the pun!)

Had mine since launch and as a bad sleeper it’s really helped educate me and improve my sleep.

No issues in a shared bed and it’s a fit an forget with great accuracy.
I sleep later than my partner and it never triggers when she goes to bed. I have also have mine set up with Nest thermo and Hue lights and again I never get false triggers when she goes to bed.

My mother passed last year from sleep apnea related symtoms and I can really see my improvement in my sleep pattern and quality.

I noticed this new feature this morning and think it’s a great addition. The app syncs within seconds of getting out of bed.

Though I do have an Apple Watch and tried various sleep apps, I just don’t like wearing a watch in bed and the only time I see this product is every few months when we flip the mattress.
 

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Can any current owners comment on the accuracy of this product and how does it work in a shared bed?
There are 3 levels of sleep apnea and after a sleep test a month ago my doctor told me I was moderate (on a scale of mild, moderate and severe). I set up the sleep tracker 4 days ago and every day has reported back on the cusp of mild to moderate. So, it seems to track well. I like that fact it goes under the mattress and not under the sheet like my old Beddit. You really don't know it is there. I recommend it.
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This is probably more accurate, but I don't want a tech mat between me and my super comfortable bed.
It goes under the mattress so you never even know it is there...unless you are something to do with "The Princess and the Pea"....
 
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