What you need to know
- Sleep tracking app NapBot can now be used to monitor for possible sleep apnea.
- NapBot uses an Apple Watch to monitor breathing patterns while asleep.
NapBot, a popular sleep tracking app for iPhone and Apple Watch, has been updated to add support for a new feature that will help people identify and monitor sleep apnea.
The new feature, available via the latest update to NapBot that's in the App Store now, uses sensors in the Apple Watch to track a wearer's respiratory rate. From there, it's able to use that information to help monitor whether someone is suffering from sleep apnea or not.
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that can cause people to essentially stop breathing for a period. When they do take another breath it can cause a loud snoring-like sound and the poor quality sleep can leave sufferers feeling tired during the day.
With this new update, NapBot can be told to only check for sleep apnea when the Sleep Focus Mode is enabled, something that ensures that no false positives are detected.
Alongside this new feature NapBot still includes all the other sleep tracking that users know and love, including sleeping heart rate and noise monitoring.
The new update is available for download now. Advanced features require a NapBot Pro subscription, available as a monthly or annual payment with a week-long free trial also offered. NapBot is one of the best Apple Watch apps for tracking the quality of sleep and this new addition could prove to be a vital one for tones of people.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.