New Fibit feature detects if you or your partner are snoring during night to help address health issues – but privacy advocates fear data will be sold to advertisers

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  • A snoring and noise detection feature is available for Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 smartwatches with a premium subscription
  • It records data on ‘snoring-specific noise’ and the overall noise level in the room
  • The device’s microphone will measure and collect information about noise in your surroundings every few seconds
  • Snoring can be associated with daytime sleepiness and irritability, as well as a serious breathing problem called obstructive sleep apnea.
  • But privacy advocates worry that Google will be using sleep and snoring data from its Fitbits to target advertising.

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Your Fitbit could be ending one of the biggest arguments of couples in bed—whether one of them is snoring like a chainsaw.

The company has confirmed that its Sense and Versa 3 models are being rolled out with a microphone-powered ‘Snore and Noise Detect’ feature that indicates whether the wearer or their bedmate is viewing logs.

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convenience, first Reported by 9to5GoogleUsers need to activate it on the ‘Sleep’ page of their device.

It will then record data on the ‘snoring-specific noise’ as well as the overall noise level in the room.

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Once your Fitbit detects that you are in La La Land, its microphone will ‘sample, measure and store information about the noise in your environment…’ every few seconds.

Finding out snoring can be the first step in warding off serious health problems like sleep apnea—and possibly saving your marriage.

However, privacy advocates are unsure of the purpose of the features and see it as another revenue stream for Fitbit, which could sell data to advertisers.

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Fitbit confirmed a new feature on the Sense and Versa 3 models allows users to track ‘snoring incidents’ and overall noise quality while they sleep.

Stanford sleep surgeon Stanley Yung Liu, ‘habitual snoring is a nuisance for bed partners’ said in 2016. ‘Many patients seek care because they have been told to leave the bedroom and sleep on the living room sofa.’

But more than dismissive of their love lives, Louis said, ‘sleeping patients are often unaware of the interruption in breathing that poses serious health risks.’

Snoring can be associated with complaints of daytime sleepiness, headaches, or mood disturbances such as anxiety, depression, and irritability.

It can also be a warning sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to for Mayo Clinic, a condition when the muscles of the throat relax and block your airway during sleep.

This feature is not on by default and must be activated on the user's 'Sleep' setting

While Google has said that the sleep monitors on its Nest Hub will not be sent to advertisers, a privacy message on Fitbit indicates that the data will be used to

This feature is not on by default and must be activated on the user’s ‘Sleep’ setting

Snoring can be linked to complaints of daytime sleepiness, headaches and mood disturbances such as anxiety, depression and irritability.  It can also be a warning sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition when the muscles in the throat relax and block the airway.

Snoring can be linked to complaints of daytime sleepiness, headaches and mood disturbances such as anxiety, depression and irritability. It can also be a warning sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition when the muscles of the throat relax and block the airway.

OSA can cause high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and neurocognitive impairment.

The snoring monitoring feature affects battery life, with Fitbit warning that devices should be charged at least 40 percent before going to bed.

Fitbit Sense comes with snoring and noise detection but users will also need a $10 monthly premium subscription

Versa 3, which dropped in September 2020, also has a snoring monitor

Snoring and noise detection available with $10 monthly premium subscription for Fitbit Sense (left) and Versa 3 smartwatches

Both the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 were released in late September 2020.

In addition to one of those smartwatches, the wearer will need a $10 monthly premium Fitbit subscription to use the snoring and noise detection feature.

However, not everyone is impressed by the offering.

‘Narrow hardware and service requirements reduce usability of noise detection,’ writes Engadget’s J. Fingus. Still, it can be helpful if you’re already invested in the Fitbit ecosystem. It also gives Fitbit a potential advantage over rivals whose sleep monitors rarely make noise.’

Fitbit warns that the snoring and noise detection feature can use up a lot of juice and advises users to stay at a battery level of 40 percent or higher before going to bed.

Fitbit warns that the snoring and noise detection feature can use up a lot of juice and advises users to stay at a battery level of 40 percent or higher before going to bed.

Google, which acquired Fitbit in January for about $2.1 billion, is investing more in bedtime technology: In March, the company unveiled a new Nest Hub assistant that has a built-in sleep monitor that can reduce snoring. and analyzes the frequency of coughing.

The seven-inch smart screen, which sells for $100, relies on a new chip Google calls Soli, which uses radar to detect motion—including the depth of a person’s breathing.

The Nest Hub produces weekly sleep reports with a breakdown on sleep duration and quality, how often a user wakes up during the night, along with tips developed in consultation with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Introduced in March, the Nest Hub generates weekly sleep reports with easy-to-understand breakdowns on sleep duration and quality, how often a user wakes up during the night

Introduced in March, the Nest Hub generates weekly sleep reports with easy-to-understand breakdowns on sleep duration and quality, how often a user wakes up during the night

With both Fitbit and Nest Hub updated, privacy advocates worry that a multi-billion-dollar corporation’s access to our nightly data is a risky proposition, specifically targeting online advertising on location, habits and interests. Like given Google’s history of collecting personal details.

According to Jeff Chester, executive director of the consumer and privacy rights group Center for Digital Democracy, it also underscores Google’s clear intention to expand its nets into new areas of people’s lives in its continuing quest to make more money. .

“Google’s goal is to monetize every cell in your body,” Chester told the Associated Press in March.

Google emphasized that the Hub’s sleep-sensing feature has privacy protections built in, including the fact that owners have to opt in to activate it.

In addition, sleep data is stored on the device itself, meaning it will not be sent to Google’s data centers, and will not be ‘used for marketing’. Google Nest Project Manager Ashton Udall.

Meanwhile a privacy message on Fitbit indicates that the snoring data will be used to ‘research and improve our products and services.’

Google did not immediately respond to an email from DailyMail.com about how the Fitbit Snoring Monitor’s data would be used.

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