Fitbit’s microphone-powered “Snore & Noise Detect” feature is now starting to roll out to owners of Sense and Versa 3 devices.
The company says that the feature monitors sounds in your environment while you sleep. This includes snoring as well as your bedroom sound level. The latter is a factor that could affect your quality of sleep.
Many people have this annoying sleep problem. Put simply, snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. Statistics show that about 30%-50% of all people snore at some point in their lives. It is more common in men, although many women snore as well. In most cases the condition is not dangerous, but it can be an indicator of a more serious problem such as as obstructive sleep apnea.
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The company has been Beta testing a snore detecting app for Versa 2. You can find it on this link.
The Beta software slots users into different categories according to their sleep and snoring patterns. For example, those that sleep soundly are labeled ‘tortoise’, while the more restless types might be assigned a ‘bears’ moniker. But this software update does not seem to be an updated version of that.
How to enable Snore & Noise Detecting
A microphone is something that is necessary in order for the snore function. Devices such as the newly released Charge 5 don’t have a microphone so miss out on the feature.
To enable snore detection make sure you are on the latest version of the Fitbit app and firmware for your Sense or Versa 3. Then visit the “Sleep” page in the smartphone app where you will spot a toggle to turn the feature on. You will also be asked to confirm your selection.
Once enabled you will find a “Snore report” within your sleep info each morning. This consists of:
- Sound intensity: the Fitbit on your wrist will record the noise of your environment. This is done every few seconds. Noise is something that can affect the quality of your sleep.
- Snoring events: as well as snoring insights.
Fitbit adds that this feature is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions. It is simply there to help you better manage your well-being.
Finally, Snore detection is something that sits behind a paywall. Which means you will need a Premium Subscription to access its functionality. This is a gradual rollout so you may need to wait a while before you see it.
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