Measure your stress level with Samsung Health

Measure Your Stress Level with Samsung Health

Stress is a problem that often gets overlooked. This may be because many people don't think stress is a big deal, but it may also be due to the fact that there's no standard method for measuring stress. Luckily, with the Samsung Health app, you can measure your stress levels by checking your heart rate and some other factors.

Note: To use this feature, your phone must have a heart rate sensor. This sensor is not available on all phones, but you can connect a wearable device with a heart rate sensor to measure your stress. This feature may also not be available on iOS devices.

Measure your stress on your phone

    Your stress levels can be measured and recorded right on your phone, making it easy to track your wellness. You can use a smart watch instead if your phone doesn’t have a heart rate sensor; your levels will still sync to the Samsung Health app on your phone. If you use more than one watch, the data will reflect the most recently used device.

  1. Open the Samsung Health app, tap the Home tab, and then swipe to and tap the Stress tracker. If necessary, add the tracker to the Home tab.

    The Stress widget in the Samsung Health app
  2. When you're ready, tap Measure. You may need to agree to the information and grant permissions first.

  3. Next, place your finger on your phone's heart rate sensor. If your phone does not have a sensor, you can measure your stress using your Samsung smart watch instead.

    Measure your heart rate
  4. Don't press too hard, and make sure you stay quiet and still. Your heart rate (the heart icon), oxygen saturation (the water droplet icon), and stress level will all be measured.

  5. Afterwards, your status will be displayed. You can select your current status and then tap Save to record the measurements.

  6. If needed, you can delete measurements from the app. Tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Delete. Swipe to and tap the measurements that you want to remove, then tap Delete, and then tap Delete again to confirm.

You can practice breathing exercises with the Stress tracker as well. Just tap Breathe in the tracker and set your preferred cycles using the plus and minus icons. Then, tap Start. You can tap Stop to halt the cycles.

For best results

Samsung Health can only get an accurate reading if you're sitting still and if your phone's heart rate sensor is working properly. Follow these tips for the best results when measuring your stress level.

  • Make sure the sensor is wiped clean.

  • Remain seated and relaxed until the measurement is complete.

  • Remove the protective plastic from the heart rate sensor before taking measurements.

  • Rest for 30 minutes and then try again if the measurement is very different from the expected heart rate.

  • Do not talk, yawn, breathe deeply, or move your body. Doing so may cause your heart rate to be recorded inaccurately.

  • If the heart rate measurement is not working properly, adjust the position of your finger on the sensor or the watch on your wrist.

  • During winter or cold weather, keep yourself warm when measuring. If heart rate measurements are taken at low temperatures, the results may be inaccurate.

Keep in mind

There are some other factors you should take into consideration when measuring your stress levels. 

  • Heart rate measurements taken for infants and toddlers may be inaccurate.

  • If your heart rate is extremely high or low, measurements may be inaccurate.

  • Do not look directly at the heart rate sensor's lights. Doing so may impair your vision.

  • Measurements are calculated using average values and may need to be repeated at least five times.

  • The heart rate measurement may not be accurate depending on measurement conditions and surroundings.

  • Smoking or consuming alcohol before taking measurements may cause your heart rate to be different from your normal heart rate.

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