Pulse while sleeping

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Seanyboy, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. Seanyboy macrumors member

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    Hi,
    I've had my ⌚️ for months now.
    When I look at the Health app on my iPhone it shows that my pulse rate regularly goes up up into 130-140 bpm - while I'm asleep!
    My resting heart rate during the day is normally 60-70 bpm. It goes over 100 during a brisk walk.
    Anyone else getting this or am I just having nightmares or something?
     
  2. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    I use a sleep tracking app at night which compiles what you are looking at in the health app. In the several months that I have used the app, I see a few spikes to 100 or so from the normal 50-60 range but nothing dramatic. I don't think I've ever had 130-140 bpm at night unless we are talking a nightmare spike and then back to normal.
     
  3. Seanyboy thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply.
    I've been looking back through the data on the health app and my heart rate can hit 130+ for 20 minutes or so. Sometimes it drops back down to about 60bpm and then spikes again 10 minutes later.
    It's just weird. It doesn't wake me up and if I wasn't wearing the watch I wouldn't know.
    Would love to hear what other people's readings are.
     
  4. maxsix Suspended

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    I'd caution any Apple Watch owner to take the readings lightly, and know that AW may be giving you erroneous readings. Several of us at work checked ours and found vast degrees of errors. It's why a few of us that are hard core, competing amateur athletes decided to return the watch.

    In my case the replacement was just as bad as the original so I returned it and I'm back to using my highly accurate, reliable, iPhone compatible SUUNTO AMBIT 3.
     
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    My FitBit never does that while I sleep. That sounds bizarre.
     
  6. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    I'm having a sleep study done in a few weeks to check for sleep apnea. My wife tells me that sometimes I snore badly, and that I occasionally stop breathing to the point where she nudges me to breathe again.

    Funny, I don't remember having these problems while I was single and living alone. ;)

    It might be worth your time to get checked out. For now, you can also try an app to record the sounds you make overnight. I've sometimes used Sleep Cycle, which has been updated to monitor sound along with movement. It doesn't have an AW app, so you'd use the phone.
     
  7. seble macrumors 6502a

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    I find the HR monitor to be pretty inaccurate. When it often takes my 'non moving' readings, they're often in the hundreds. I know I'm a fit healthy male and if they were that high, I'd know it.

    For example, do this, open the HR complication, my first reading about 50% of the time is double the main rate, so it'll start out saying my HR is 110, then when it takes the second reading automatically (just keep the complication open) its around 55/60 whatever, which is normal for me. I assume that when the AW takes its HR readings, it just takes the 'first' reading it can get, during those measured intervals. You're probably okay? But if you're worried, don't take my word for it, see a doctor.

    Additionally, when I work out I use a Bluetooth HR monitor, the AW is crazily inaccurate, and half the time it can't even get my pulse. It spends a good couple of minutes getting a HR, which when you're working out is valuable time of missed data.
     
  8. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    you are not the only one who has stated this concern but I definitely don't have this problem. If I am sitting down, the reading is in the 60's and the previous reading is usually the same range unless I haven't been sitting for long. My workouts are usually perfect for readings and my sleep is always reading my heart rate. Couple of pictures attached show the same and the sleep was a restless night but always normal.

    My concern for bad readings always comes back to the pictures people show in the "Show off Apple Watch" thread. Many, and I mean many, show the person wearing the watch over their "wrist bone" as the normal way to wear the watch. I'm not sure how you can get a consistent reading when contact with your skin could be hit or miss constantly. I see Apple videos showing the watch worn about and inch up the wrist. On me, the Digital Crown is even with the "wrist bone". Not sure what you call the wrist bump. I rarely, if ever, have a bad reading for my heart rate at rest or workouts. I do not wear the watch overly tight either, but it doesn't move.
     

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  9. seble macrumors 6502a

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    Which workout apps do you use by the way, especially the sleep one, looks great!

    Yes, I get that it's fine for many when working out, but what sort of workouts do you do? If I'm cycling, rowing, or running, generally it's fairly accurate. If I'm doing strength training it's all over the place, completely unreliable. Also I don't wear my wrist on the bone just before my hand, I wear a watch in the normal watch place, this makes little to no difference unfortunately
     
  10. bulldoze macrumors regular

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    The problem I have is that I could definitely guess my HR with a much higher accuracy than the Apple Watch so it is a nonsense feature of the device.

    Bad data is worse than no data.
     
  11. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I'm also curious what app that is in the screenshots :)
     
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    You observed yourself in your sleep?


    That's probably partly it. With my FitBit it says to move it further up my arm for more accurate readings ... especially during exercise.

    But ... even with the device at its lowest point I don't get heart rate spikes ... so ... I don't know.
     
  13. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I've also seen spikes in my pulse when wearing the watch while I sleep. I don't remember when the last time I slept with the watch was so I can't get any exact numbers but it definitely jumps up in my sleep.
     
  14. zhenya macrumors 603

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    In my experience you have to wear wrist-based hr watches considerably tighter than most people are used to for them to have a chance at being accurate. I haven't had my AW long enough to decide how it compares to my Garmin, but even with that one I had to learn to wear it rather tight. The amount and color of hair you have under the sensor will play a role as well.
     
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    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1451338097.762432.jpg
     
  16. srshaw macrumors 6502

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    I often wear my Apple Watch whilst riding my bike, inside and outside. I can say the heart rate reading pretty much matches my heart rate from a Garmin chest strap pretty much perfectly.

    This isn't to say it works well under every condition, but I happen to think it's pretty accurate.
     
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  18. Seanyboy thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your thoughts everyone.

    I think I will put it down to inaccuracies in the monitoring rather than trouble my doctor.

    It seems weird that my heart rate keeps spiking at exactly 138 almost every night. Maybe it's because I often sleep with my hand with the watch on under my pillow with my head on top?

    Thanks again.
     
  19. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    For poops n' grins, you could try a HR strap instead of using the AW's optical sensor. Everything I've read so far suggests that a strap is still more reliable than any optical sensor.

    If you're local, I'll let you borrow my Garmin 410 and its strap. It can monitor your HR at least a full 24 hours if the GPS is turned off.
     
  20. Trvlngnrs macrumors 6502

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    Have your doc give you a pulse ox to wear overnight. It'll monitor your heart rate and oxygen saturation. Obstructive Sleep Apnea can cause a persons heart rate to spike as their oxygen levels fall. When the levels get too low the body "wake sup" to re-open the airway. I have a buddy that this cycle was happening 60/hour. This stress on the body causes all kinds of problems! Your Apple watch may have just saved you much heartache.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3649822/
     
  21. *balikpapan* macrumors newbie

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    Glad I came across this - have checked my stats since Christmas day (thanks Santa!) and indeed, between 5.45 and 6.30 this morning (but on no other days) my HR rose significantly and peaked at 138! And yet, looking at my sleep record in Sleep++, I was sound asleep and did not move during that time, which suggests that my sleep was not disrupted by apnoea in the usual sense. I sometimes have repeated apnoea phases if I stay in bed after 7am and my nose is blocked. I just interpret it as a signal that it's time to get up.

    Me too, would like to know what those apps are!
     
  22. Seanyboy thread starter macrumors member

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    Hmmm. The magic 138 again. The same I peaked at at 3am and 6am last night!
     

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  23. deany macrumors 68020

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    Hi

    I also get the above too. I am finding this app helpful as it allows exporting of data that can be e-mailed, texted printed etc

    QS Access by Quantified Self Labs
    https://appsto.re/gb/ocQ22.i

    the 'tabulate' is useful

    Cheers
     
  24. Seanyboy thread starter macrumors member

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    Just out of interest - has anyone ever got an AW heart rate reading of more than 138?
     

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