Fitbit SpO2 Blood Oxygen Saturation
Fitbit is a well-known brand that specializes in fitness tracking devices and wearable technology. The company was founded in 2007 and gained popularity for its range of activity trackers, smartwatches, and related accessories. Fitbit’s products are designed to help individuals monitor and improve their health and fitness by tracking various metrics such as steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, heart rate, sleep patterns, and more.
Fitbit offers a diverse lineup of devices to cater to different user preferences and needs. Some of the popular models include the Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Versa, and Fitbit Inspire. These devices incorporate features like GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, smartphone notifications, music control, and exercise tracking. Fitbit also provides a companion mobile app and a web-based dashboard that allows users to view their activity data, set goals, and track their progress over time.
The Fitbit ecosystem goes beyond the devices themselves. It includes a social component, enabling users to connect with friends and participate in challenges to stay motivated. Fitbit devices are compatible with both iOS and Android platforms, ensuring broad accessibility for users.
In addition to the hardware and software offerings, Fitbit has developed partnerships with various health and fitness services to provide users with a comprehensive experience. This includes integration with popular apps such as Strava, MyFitnessPal, and Fitbod, as well as collaborations with healthcare providers and employers to promote employee wellness programs.
Fitbit has been a pioneer in the wearable fitness technology market, and its products have played a significant role in promoting personal health and fitness awareness. In 2021, Fitbit was acquired by Google, which has allowed the brand to further expand its capabilities and integration with Google’s ecosystem.
Blood oxygen saturation (Sp02) Your blood oxygen saturation level is the percentage of your blood that’s saturated with, or contains, oxygen.
The Fitbit Sp02 feature (“Fitbit Sp02”) is a standalone software general wellness product. It is intended to display to users the average range of their blood oxygen saturation as measured during their most recent period of sleep. This information is displayed to the user on their wrist-worn Fitbit device using a clock face.
Users who have a Fitbit Premium subscription can see past Sp02 values in the Fitbit app on their phones. Fitbit Sp02 is intended for over-the-counter (OTC) use for general wellness purposes. It is not intended for real-time or continuous monitoring of Sp02 values. Fitbit Sp02 is not intended for medical purposes, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.
Fitbit Sp02 is a general wellness standalone software product that uses data from a consumer-grade Fitbit device that has photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors. PPG uses red and infrared LEDs to shine light into the skin. The reflected light is measured and provides PPG data. These sensors are commonly used for general wellness purposes such as heart-rate measurements, sleep tracking, and other general wellness features found on fitness trackers/smartwatches.
The Fitbit Sp02 software is a standalone software product that uses data derived from PPG sensors to estimate blood oxygen concentration during periods of sleep. Fitbit Sp02 uses the sensors in compatible wrist-worn Fitbit devices to estimate your Sp02 average and range while you sleep. Install the clock face and wear your compatible device to sleep. After you wake up and sync your device, your Sp02 average and range are displayed on the clock face. If you have a Fitbit Premium subscription, you can see your Sp02 trends in the Fitbit app on your phone. For more information, including a list of compatible Fitbit devices, see help.fitbit.com.
Fitbit Sp02 displays your Sp02 percentage detected during sleep as an average and a range. The Fitbit Sp02 values can range from 80% – 100%. Fitbit Sp02 does not measure or display Sp02 values lower than 80%. Any measurement that is lower than 80% will be displayed as “<80%”. Fitbit Sp02 data is intended for general wellness use to help you support and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Fitbit Sp02 data is not intended for medical purposes, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. The data provided by Fitbit Sp02 is intended to be a close estimation of your blood oxygen saturation levels, but may not be precisely accurate. You should not use or rely on Fitbit Sp02 for any medical purposes.
General Warnings and Precautions
DO NOT use this product in lieu of treatment prescribed by your doctor such as home oxygen therapy, a CPAP machine, or a nebulizer. DO NOT interpret or take clinical action solely based on this product without the consultation of a qualified healthcare professional. Fitbit SpO2 data is not intended for medical purposes nor is it intended to diagno$e, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.
Install the clock face
- With your Fitbit device nearby, in tile Fitbit .ipp, t.ip tile Today tab Your profile picture> your device image.
- Tap Clock Faces > All Clocks.
- Tap The magnifying glass icon and search for SpO2signature
- In the results, tap the SpO2signature clock face > Select > Install.
The clock face is only available in select countries at this time. If you don’t see it in the Clock Face Gallery, it’s not available in your region.
If you have trouble adding the SpO2signature clock face to your Fitbit device:
- Make sure you updated your watch to run the latest version of Fitbit OS. To see the latest device updates. see What’s changed in the latest Fitbit device update? For more information, see How do I update my Fitbit device?
- Make sure you updated the Fitbit app on your phone to version 3.29 or later. To see the latest Fitbit app updates see What’s cho1nged in the latest release of the Fitbit app? For more information, see How do I use the Fitbit app?
See your most recent average resting SpO2 levels on your device
- Wear your Fitbit device to bed, and sync it in the morning.
- Check your clock face to see your average resting SpO2 level. The range of values detected scrolls below the average.
It may take around an hour for your Sp02 values to appear after you sync your device.
Track your SpO2 trends in the Fitbit app
With a Fitbit Premium subscription, see your SpO2 trends in the Fitbit app on your phone:
- Wear your device for at least a full day, including sleeping at night.
- In the morning, open the Fitbit app and tap the Health Metrics tile.
- Swipe up to find the Oxygen Saturation (SpO2) tile.
Note that SpO2 data is only collected when you use the SpO2 Signature clock face on your Fitbit device.
Missing Sp02 value When no Sp02 data is available, you might see dashed lines on the clock face or a message that the Sp02 data couldn’t be read.
If you have a Fitbit Premium subscription, you also see a missing data point in the Sp02 graph in the Fitbit app.
To make sure your Fitbit device successfully measures your Sp02 values, keep in mind the following:
- Your device doesn’t retroactively measure your Sp02 values. After you install the clock face. you’ll see dashed lines until after your next sleep session.
- You must get at least 3 hours of quality sleep. Data is only collected when you’re still. If you move a lot during your sleep or the sleep session is too short, your device may not collect adequate Sp02 data.
- Charge your Fitbit device to make sure it’s able to collect data throughout your entire sleep session. Note that you may have to charge your Fitbit device more often when using the clock face.
- You must sync your Fitbit device with the Fitbit app before the clock shows your Sp02 data. Note that it may take around an hour for your Sp02 values to appear after you sync your device. For troubleshooting syncing, see help.fitbit.com
- Turning off any clock face permissions can cause the clock face to stop functioning. To check these settings:
- With your Fitbit device nearby, open the Fitbit app on your phone or tablet.
- 2. In the Fitbit app, tap the Today tab ·:• > your profile picture> your device image.
- Tap Clock Faces.
- 1 ap the clock face.
- T.ip Permissions. If .iny permissions .ire turned off, ti: IP Toggle All to turn them on.
- Tap Details when you’re done making changes.
- Your Fitbit device must be able to consistently track your Sp02 data:
- Wear your device slightly higher on your wrist.
- M.ike is sure your device with your skin.
- Your device should be snug but not constricting.
- Tattooed skin can impact the accuracy of the red and infrared sensors on your Filbil device.
What is Sp02?
Your blood oxygen saturation (Sp02) is the percentage of your blood that’s saturated with, or contains, oxygen. The oxygen levels in your blood tend to remain relatively constant. even during exercise and sleep.
How is Sp02 measured?
When the clock face is installed, your Fitbit device measures your Sp02 while you sleep. Your Fitbit device tracks your Sp02 while you sleep using red nnd infrnrflc:1 sensors on t.he b,xk of t.hfl devices. The sensors shine red and infrared light onto your skin and blood vessels. and use the reflected light that bounces back to estimate how much oxygen is in your blood:
- Richly oxygenated blood reflects more red light than infrared light.
- Poorly oxygenated blood reflects more infrared ligl1t than red light.
Note that you might see the red and infrared sensors continue to blink for around 30 minutes after you wake up.
What should I know about Sp02 values?
Sp02 values naturally vary, and nigh-lime Sp02 is usually lower than Lhan day line Sp02 due to the fact that your breathing rate is usually slower during sleep. In general, Sp02 values during sleep are typically above 90%. The Sp02 values presented are,;,n estimate. and in general can be influenced by your activity, altitude, and overall health.
Why did I receive a low Sp02 value?
When using Fitbit Sp02, you may notice an Sp02 value that seems expected. This can be due to:
- Your arm position and movement
- The position and fit of your Fitbit device
- Limited blood flow to the surface of the skin
- Differences in anatomical body structures can also impact the accuracy of your Fitbit device’s sensors.
Several factors can affect your body’s ability to maintain blood oxygen levels. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- There must be enough oxygen in the air you are breathing.
- Your lungs must be able to inhale air containing oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.
- Your bloodstream must be able to carry oxygen throughout your body.
An issue with any of these factors could impact your Sp02 values. For example, in high altitudes, the air is less dense and therefore contains less oxygen. If you experience low Sp02 values while at high altitudes you may want to consider descending to a lower altitude.
Certain health problems can also impact the body’s ability to take in oxygen. These factors can be compounded under more extreme circumstances such as during intensive exercise.
You should not use or rely on Fitbit Sp02 for any medical purposes. If you have concerns about your health, you should consult your healthcare provider.
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FAQs Fitbit SpO2 Blood Oxygen Saturation
What is SpO2 blood oxygen saturation?
SpO2 stands for peripheral capillary oxygen saturation, and it measures the percentage of oxygen saturation in your blood. It indicates how well oxygen is being delivered to your body’s tissues. A healthy SpO2 level is typically above 95%.
Can Fitbit devices measure SpO2 blood oxygen saturation?
Yes, certain Fitbit devices are equipped with SpO2 sensors that can estimate your blood oxygen saturation levels. However, it’s important to note that not all Fitbit devices have this feature. You should check the specifications of your specific Fitbit model to see if it supports SpO2 monitoring.
How does Fitbit measure SpO2 levels?
Fitbit devices with SpO2 sensors use a process called photoplethysmography (PPG). This involves shining light onto your skin and measuring the changes in light absorption to estimate your blood oxygen levels. The sensors in the device capture the variations in light absorption caused by the pulsating blood flow in your capillaries.
Can Fitbit devices diagnose medical conditions based on SpO2 readings?
Fitbit devices, including those with SpO2 sensors, are not intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions. The SpO2 readings provided by Fitbit devices are meant for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have concerns about your health, consult a healthcare professional.
How can I view my SpO2 readings on my Fitbit device?
Fitbit devices that support SpO2 monitoring typically provide the option to view your SpO2 readings within the Fitbit app. You can usually find this information in the sleep section of the app, where it shows your sleep stages and sleep insights.
Do Fitbit devices continuously monitor SpO2 levels?
Fitbit devices with SpO2 sensors can provide estimates of your blood oxygen saturation during sleep. However, they may not continuously monitor SpO2 levels throughout the day. The frequency and duration of SpO2 monitoring may vary depending on the specific Fitbit device and its settings.
Can Fitbit devices track changes in SpO2 levels over time?
Fitbit devices can track changes in SpO2 levels during sleep over time. By reviewing your SpO2 data in the Fitbit app, you can observe trends and patterns in your blood oxygen saturation during different nights of sleep.
What factors can affect the accuracy of SpO2 readings on Fitbit devices?
Various factors can impact the accuracy of SpO2 readings on Fitbit devices. These include device fit, skin condition, ambient light, movement, and other physiological variables. It’s important to ensure that the Fitbit device is properly positioned on your wrist and that you follow the instructions provided by Fitbit for optimal accuracy.
What should I do if I notice low or abnormal SpO2 readings on my Fitbit device?
If you notice consistently low or abnormal SpO2 readings on your Fitbit device, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional. Fitbit devices are not intended to provide medical diagnoses, but they can provide useful information to share with your doctor for further evaluation and discussion.
Can SpO2 readings from Fitbit devices be used for COVID-19 detection?
Fitbit devices are not approved or intended for COVID-19 detection or diagnosis. While changes in blood oxygen levels may be associated with certain health conditions, such as respiratory issues, it is essential to consult with a healthcare professional for accurate diagnosis and guidance regarding COVID-19 or any other medical concerns.
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