I'm wondering if there is a correlation between these two.

A little background: I would ideally like someone to wear a heart rate sensor all day and all night and without any explicit action from them, I want to calculate the resting heart rate. I know when they will be asleep and so I want to use the minimum heart rate from their sleeping time to work out what their waking resting heart rate is. Thanks!

EDIT: Alternative suggestions regarding working out the resting heart rate (without explicit instructions to the subject to stay still for 10 min etc.) are also welcome!

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    Okay, you explained the background, but what is your question?
    – Carey Gregory
    Jun 13, 2016 at 14:04
  • My question is if there is a correlation between the nightly minimum heart rate and resting heart rate. If yes, can I work out the resting heart rate from the nightly minimum. Jun 14, 2016 at 15:51

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I am curious about your endeavor to determine the resting heart rate using the sleeping heart rate. Please note that sleeping heart rate is variable compared to resting heart rate. This is caused by many factors to REM sleep during the night. This is contrary to our ability to control the conditions of a subject/patient to determine resting rate. In fact the average sleeping rate is decreased by 8b/m from resting heart rate. I am ready to add more information if you still have questions.

  • I understand that sleeping heart rate varies but I thought perhaps the minimum recorded during the night should be related to the resting heart rate? I'm making the assumption that at some point in the night, the subject is in deep dreamless sleep. Jun 13, 2016 at 6:27
  • I am looking for something similar to your 8 bpm drop. Basically, I can measure the minimum heart rate during the night and I hope I can work out the resting rate by adding a certain number or increasing it by a certain percentage. I'm wondering if such research exists, because I can't find anything definitive. Jun 13, 2016 at 6:30
  • Of course it exists. You just need to connect with a sleep specialist or specially a cardiologist as they occasionally need to monitor the heart rate up to 24 hour to monitor for some types of arrythmia after a heart attack, etc. Yes it is done.
    – healthburg
    Jun 13, 2016 at 6:50
  • Do you have a reference from a study or something? Thank you Jun 13, 2016 at 7:08
  • I'm not sure how you answered this, or even if you did answer it since there is no actual question posed, but -1 for a complete lack of references. Who says a sleeping heart rate is more variable then resting and that sleeping heart rates are decreased by 8 BPM?
    – Carey Gregory
    Jun 13, 2016 at 21:00

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