May 18, 2020

What Happens to Your Heart Rate While Sleeping?

Have you ever wondered what happens to your heart rate while sleeping? If so, you've come to the right place! According to the definition on Wikipedia, "a heart rate is the speed of the heartbeat measured by the number of contractions of the heart per minute."

Sleeping is something that all living creatures do... Whether you're a baby, teen, adult, a cat, or even a dog, sleeping is essential! We don't know about you, but we look forward to sleeping after a long day or work!

The purpose of sleeping is to give our bodies the opportunity to recover and rejuvenate, so we have the energy to do it all over again the following day. The average person sleeps 8 hours a night, however, in our book, it's the more sleep, the merrier! When we sleep, our hearts are in what’s called 'resting heart rate' (also known as RHR). Our sleeping heart rate is different to the heart rate that we have when we're awake... Our sleeping heart rate can help identify potential health problems, and it even says a lot about our overall wellbeing. It’s important to check your sleeping heart rate daily and ensure that you're getting an adequate amount of sleep.

Without any further ado, let's get into the facts about your sleeping heart rate and how to improve it!

How to Check Your Heart Rate

Checking your heart rate is pretty simple! To measure your resting heart rate, you have to check the number of heart beats per minute that you have while you are resting. This number represents how your heart muscle is functioning. Your heart rate can be measured by placing your index and middle finger on your wrist just below the thumb, or on either side of your neck. Once you feel a pulse, start to count the number of beats for 30 seconds and then double it to get your beats per minute. There are plenty of tutorials available on YouTube or Google if you need further assistance.

What Happens to Your Heart Rate As You Sleep

Sometimes it can take a long time to fall asleep... There are different cycles that you go through as you drift off into your deep sleep. During the first sleep cycle, your body relaxes, and your blood pressure and heart rate start to drop significantly. However, your RHR is at its lowest point in the middle of the night when your level of melatonin is at its highest. Towards the end of sleep, your heart rate starts to increase as your body prepares to wake up. So, as a recap, as you fall asleep, your heart rate drops, and as you wake up, it get's faster - it makes sense, doesn't it!?

What Is a Normal Sleeping Heart Rate

A normal heart rate ranges anywhere from 60 to 100 beats per minute... However, when you are in a state of rest, your heart rate will be lower. Your resting heart rate varies based on each individual. A number between 40 to 100 is considered normal. It can also fluctuate depending on your hydration level, elevation, exercise, and temperature. Many factors during the day can also play a role in your RHR. When you have a lower resting heart rate, it’s a sign of good health. 

What Does It Mean If Your Resting Heart Rate Is High

There are a number of reasons why your RHR may be high and usually, there are simple solutions to combat that. Metabolism is a key indicator in an increased heart rate, so try eating or exercising earlier in the evening. If your heart rate goes up right after you fall asleep, then chances are you’re just overly tired. To have a consistent heart rate, try to keep your bed time routine consistent. This will also help you get a better night’s sleep. By having a consistent night time routine, your body won't have any surprises and you'll be able to take perfect care of your heart rate! 

What Can You Do to Improve Your Heart Rate

These are several things that you can do to improve your heart rate! Here are a few ways:

1. Try sticking to a steady sleep schedule by waking up at the same time every day, including weekends. As we previously mentioned, having a consistent sleeping schedule really does help your heart rate. Not only does it improve your heart rate, but it also helps you to get a much better night's sleep!

2. Pay attention to your meal timings as late meals may have a negative effect on your body. Not only will eating at late disrupt your normal heart rate, but it may have other negative effects, too. If you eat tons of candy at midnight, then your body is going to want to stay up longer, even if your mind doesn't. Eating super late may also prompt weight gain and it can even drive up the risk for diabetes.

3. As you know, staying hydrated and being active is super important. One of the most simple ways to improve your heart rate is by analyzing your activity throughout the day. You want to ensure that you’re getting enough water and exercise every day. Now, we're not saying you need to run 5 miles a day, but you should try to get some fresh air and go for a nice walk. Even if that means taking your dog down the block (which you're probably already doing anyways!) It's as easy and simple as that.

Products to Help You Get a Good Night's Sleep

Like we mentioned, having a consistent sleep schedule is very important. It can affect your overall health. We understand that it can be difficult to fall asleep at times... Your sleeping products play a huge role in how you sleep, so you want to make sure that the products on your bed are comfortable, warm, and made from good quality materials. Here at our store, Warm Things, all of our products are made in the USA and only from the finest materials. If you're looking to update your bedding, then we got you covered (no pun intended!)

Here are 3 of our most cozy products that we have at Warm Things:

1. German Batiste Baffled Box Heavy Weight White Hungarian Goose Down Comforter (Level 4)

Our German Batiste Heavy Weight Hungarian Goose Down Comforter is hypo-allergenic and has a 365 thread count. This comforter is made in our Northern California headquarters from only the finest Hungarian goose down and German batiste shell. It's both soft and light, and will help you to have a comfortable sleep throughout the night. This comforter is available for twin, queen, king, and oversized king beds.

For more information on our German Batiste Heavy Weight Hungarian Goose Down Comforter, click here!

2. Premium 700 Medium Down Pillow (Level 3)

This is one of the most comfortable pillows that we offer at Warm Things! Our Premium Medium Down Pillow is level 3 - which means it's best for side sleepers and back sleepers. It has a medium firmness, so it's not too soft, yet not too firm. This pillow is hypo-allergenic with a thread count of 300. Our pillow is made right here in the USA from fine, imported materials - (only the best of the best!) Our Premium Medium Down Pillow is available in several sizes ranging from a neck-roll, to a king-size.

For more information on our Premium Medium Down Pillow, click here.

3. Simply Cool 600 Thread Count Tencel Lyocell Sheet Set

One of the most important products for having a good night's sleep is sheets! Sheets are what you're laying on top of, so of course you're going to want them to be as cozy as possible. This is a Tencel sheet set with a thread count of 600. Due to the unique moisture control capability, these eco-friendly Tencel sheets help to keep you cool and comfortable as you sleep, even on the warmest of nights. This sheet set comes with a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and 2 pillowcases.

For more information on our Simply Cool Tencel Lyocell Sheet Set, click here!

Conclusion of Your Sleeping Heart Rate

That was some information on what happens to your heart rate when sleeping.  The body is amazing and it's crazy to see how much it can change while you're fast asleep!

Before reading this blog, what did you think happens to your heart rate while you're sleeping? Comment what you thought down below.

In conclusion, thank you so much for reading our blog on facts about your sleeping heart rate! Please make sure to stay up to date with us on our social medias and shop our online store. The featured items above are only 3 of our fantastic Warm Things bedding products. Our store has everything needed in order to have a wonderful sleep. We have products ranging from sheets, pillows, comforters, throws, and even some baby products, too! So, if you need a bedroom update, then make sure to keep an eye out for our Warm Things sales - the prices can't be beat!

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