There has been a noticeable increase in the numbers of people wanting to keep an eye on their blood oxygen levels, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are several different ways of keeping a check on your personal health that you are sometimes spoilt for choice. Some of the options are wearable and much more convenient to use when compared with other options, some of which may have the advantage of being more accurate. In order to make an appropriate decision you need to figure out what your priorities are. Do you want something that is more practical and also able to give you many more features in addition to measuring your oxygen levels? If so, then some form of wearable tech may be right for you, for example, the Apple Watch Series 6. Alternatively, do you want to concentrate on the accuracy of the measurement being taken with less of view on other features or practicalities? If so, then a straight forward finger monitor may be the right choice. In this article we present several different options for you to give you some ideas around what’s available.
Apple Watch Series 6
The Apple Watch Series 6 is described as the future of health on your wrist. Not only is it able to measure your blood oxygen level, it can keep an eye on your heart rate too.
The Series 6 is the first Apple Watch to have an always-on Retina display which means that you can see your fitness metrics at any time with just a glance, enabling you to lead a healthier, more active, more connected life.
The Apple Watch Series 6 enables you to understand your personal health at a deeper level than ever before and you can get lots of related stats in conjunction with the related app on your phone including for blood oxygen with the watch’s revolutionary new sensor, statistics associated with your heartrate and also statistics associated with your sleep patterns.
As you make efforts to improve your health through exercise the Fitness app on the watch will also track your activity no matter what type of activity you prefer, from running and walking to cycling and swimming, the waterproof Apple Watch Series 6 is able to cope with them all. Oh, and it also can tell you the time!
Garmin Forerunner 245 GPS Running Smartwatch
You do the running. Garmin Forerunner 245 does the thinking. This GPS running smartwatch evaluates performance stats such as VO2 max, aerobic and anaerobic training effect, and training status, which indicates if you’re undertraining or overdoing it. You can also track advanced running dynamics such as ground contact time balance and stride length. Take the guesswork out of training for your next 5K when you team this watch with the Garmin Coach app.
Select free training plans that adapt to your goals, or take training into your own hands by creating custom workouts at Garmin Connect, a free online fitness community. Wherever your run takes you, Forerunner 245 can track your stats accurately, thanks to compatibility with GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellites.
What amount of training is right for you? Forerunner 245 offers personalised training and recovery insight for smarter training decisions, helping you prepare for your next race. It keeps tabs on your VO2 max and understands how heat and altitude impact your performance. The higher your VO2 max, the higher you can expect to perform, which is exactly what is shown by the performance condition metric.
ViATOM O2Ring Wearable Bluetooth Oxygen & Heartrate Monitor
The ViATOM oxygen and heart rate monitor is dedicated to its task and so takes a different approach to standard wearable tech in that it isn’t worn on the wrist as it comes as a relatively small device that is worn as a ring.
The O2Ring offers continuous monitoring of your blood oxygen saturation levels as well as your heart rate with trend report being made available via an app on your smartphone or PC. The built-in memory allows the device to be used in isolation with data being able to be uploaded to your phone or computer at a later time if necessary.
The O2Ring is also able to alert you to changing conditions and will either beep or vibrate your finger to let you know if there are abnormal levels of oxygen detected in your blood as well as significant changes in your heart rate. The thresholds at which the device alerts you can be set within the app
What’s more, being made of soft silicone and being relatively small in size, the O2Ring not only frees up your fingers whilst also ensuring accurate measurements but it also will not slip off your finger, no matter how hard you are training and no matter where it is being used.
Sleepon Wireless SpO2 Pulse Oximeter Alarm and Sleep Monitor
The Sleepon wireless SpO2 pulse oximeter alarm and sleep monitor is a finger rin sleep monitor that could help you to breath better whilst sleeping and thus potentially help you to snore less. In certain positions, while you are sleeping you could suffer from a slight collapse of your airways which can lead to obstructive sleep apnoea or snoring.
The sleep monitor keeps an eye on your SpO2 (blood oxygen) levels and if the levels drop to between 80% and 95%, the device will vibrate to alert you to the fact, enabling you to change your sleeping position, allowing for your airways to open up more fully, thus increasing your SpO2 levels.
The ring also keeps an eye on your heart rate and can be connected via Bluetooth to your mobile phone or computer to enable you to get detailed reports about your sleep health.
Anapulse ANP100 Finger Pulse Oximeter
If the accuracy of results is the most important factor when it comes to your blood oxygen levels then you probably should be looking at a dedicated device such as the Anapulse ANP100 finger pulse oximeter which is perfect for on-the-spot SpO2 and pulse rate testing.
Small in size and weight, the Anapulse ANP100 is a simple and convenient way of getting an accurate reading of your SpO2 (blood oxygen) levels with an immediate readout provided on the built-in LED display.
The device can easily be carried in a pocket or in the convenient included carry case. The unit also turns off automatically when a finger is removed from the device for more than five seconds resulting in over 30 hours of measuring time being available from the two AAA batteries (not included). Out of all of the options mentioned in this article for measuring your blood oxygen levels, this approach is also the cheapest.