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Measure your stress level with Samsung Health

Measure Your Stress Level with Samsung Health

Stress is a problem that often gets overlooked. This could 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. Keep track of stress to make sure you are maintaining good health.

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 with a heart rate sensor and measure your stress using that. This feature may also not be available on iOS devices.

Measure your stress on your phone

First things first, you'll need to add the Stress tracker to Samsung Health if it's not already showing on the Home tab.

Once that's all set up, open Samsung Health if you haven't already, and then swipe to the Stress tracker. When you're ready, tap Measure on the stress tracker. Agree to the information, and then tap Measure again. If needed, tap Allow to grant the different positions.

Next, place your finger on your phone's heart rate sensor. 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.

Stress tracker with Measure option

Afterwards, your status will be displayed. You can enter notes, select your current status, and then tap Save to record the current measurements. You can see your different stress levels by tapping Trends.

Note: If your phone does not have a heart rate sensor, you can measure your stress using a Samsung smart watch and then sync your data to Samsung Health.

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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