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Mildly interesting sleep observations

Old 11-06-2014, 05:46 AM
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For giggles I wore a heart rate monitor to bed last night.

The basic timeline: brushed my teeth at 10pm, went to bed, woke up at 4:15am for the bathroom, tossed and turned for an hour, gave up on trying to sleep, got up at 5:15am, brushed my teeth, and went to work. I had the monitor on from before-sleep teeth brushing to after-sleep teeth brushing. I wanted some activity to provide context. I don't normally get up that early, but my mind was churning on work stuff and I couldn't get back to sleep.

A few mildly interesting observations:
1) My lowest heart rate (~55) was about the same whether I was sleeping or awake (4:15am - 5:15am). My resting heart rate while sitting at my desk at work is also in that range.
2) My highest heart rate (~115) was during dreams, not while waking up and walking around to use the bathroom. My average heart rate during easy runs is very close to the peaks during the dreams!
3) The REM and non-REM sleep cycles are clearly visible.

I'm fairly surprised at the activity during the night - I expected less variation and a lower range overall, with lows in the 40s and peaks in the 60s.

There's no purpose to this other than I was curious and have the equipment (GPS running watch with heart rate monitor strap).
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:26 AM
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If your mind is churning with work stuff while you're awake, it's churning with the same stuff while you're asleep, whether you know it or not. As your monitor shows, heart rate reacts to stress, both real and imagined.
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Must have been one hell of a dream!! They say SEX burns 1000 calories, check your shorts
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:00 AM
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I would suspect more the norm.

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Are you a snorer? You MAY suffer from sleep Apnea. I have a mild case of it, I used to wake up a couple of times a night to go to the bathroom, I have a mouthpiece that pulls my lower jaw out and it is amazing, I sleep through the night and my mind seems sharper, I dream in full color now .
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:05 PM
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looks like you may of flatlined at like 12/ 1 am ?
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