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Is resting heart rate and sleeping heart rate the same?

Is resting heart rate and sleeping heart rate the same?

Not exactly: Your heart rate tends to fall lower, than resting, when you are sleeping. You may also be prone to faster heart rates, during different stages of sleep or dreaming. It's not unusual for someones, otherwise healthy, heart to go slower when you are asleep.

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I'm 37 and my resting heart rate after waking up from sleep is 56-60 on pulse ox. Is this normal? I'm not an athlete.

I'm 37 and my resting heart rate after waking up from sleep is 56-60 on pulse ox. Is this normal? I'm not an athlete.

Yes: some people can have normal lower resting heart rate. The problem is if you have symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, syncope along with these low heart rates. Additionally, some medications can also decrease you are heart rate such as beta blockers. If you asymptomatic then nothing to worry about.

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Athletes often have a very low resting heart rate in the 35-50 range but is this while sleeping? And does it even go lower during sleep?

Athletes often have a very low resting heart rate in the 35-50 range but is this while sleeping? And does it even go lower during sleep?

Yes and ...yes: Everyone's HR slows during sleep, both because metabolic needs are less and also because of augmented vagal tone. Athletes HRs are slow during waking because they have better stroke volume than non-athletes and don't need the faster rate to maintain cardiac output. During sleep, like everyone else, they'll go even slower. Not to worry! Athletes don't slow down and die in their sleep! Honestly!

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If your resting heart rate is 108 and you feel dizzy, should you lay down and sleep or go to urgent care?

If your resting heart rate is 108 and you feel dizzy, should you lay down and sleep or go to urgent care?

Stay or go?: It is not possible to give specific advice on an important question like that in this tiny space. In general, if one is otherwise healthy but has tachycardia and dizziness, it could indicate dehydration (or many other conditions.) If you want advice on your particular situation, consider a consultation with an MD here on HealthTap (or in an office or a clinic) so that we can go over the details.

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What point should I be concerned abt low resting heart rate, considering normal echo/stress/Holter? Seen 49, measured 45 during sleep. 40/m no athlete

What point should I be concerned abt low resting heart rate, considering normal echo/stress/Holter? Seen 49, measured 45 during sleep. 40/m no athlete

Heart rate: As long as your heart is structurally and functionally normal with a satisfactory holter Study and if you have no symptoms then you have nothing to worry about. It is also important that conditions such as thyroid disorder,Lyme disease etc. be excluded. The detailed history and physical examination and possible blood tests should help to establish this.

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8 year old has been sleeping on his back for over an hour his resting heart rate at wrist is 108. Hes on two different sedatives. Is his BPM a litle high?

8 year old has been sleeping on his back for over an hour his resting heart rate at wrist is 108. Hes on two different sedatives. Is his BPM a litle high?

Normal: As you can see from the chart, 108 beats/min is in the normal range for an 8 year old. If the sedatives lowered the heart rate, the body may compensate to maintain normal.

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Resting heart rate 115. 2 Martinis and 4 cigarettes in the past 5 hours probably the only reason? Drank about 4 glasses of water, anything else I can do to lower it? It's too uncomfortable to sleep with it beating so fast.

Resting heart rate 115. 2 Martinis and 4 cigarettes in the past 5 hours probably the only reason? Drank about 4 glasses of water, anything else I can do to lower it? It's too uncomfortable to sleep with it beating so fast.

115: There's nothing harmful about 115 but if you're uncomfortable and resting doesn't slow it, you should go to an ER - you may not be in a normal rhythm. There's no herbal or natural remedy that will help.

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Slow heart rate when sleeping. My "resting heart rate" is 59. But, while sleeping, it drops to 44 or even 38. Is this ok? Some Fatigue, otw healthy.

Slow heart rate when sleeping. My "resting heart rate" is 59. But, while sleeping, it drops to 44 or even 38. Is this ok?  Some Fatigue, otw healthy.

The heart rates: are only "significant" is accompanied by symptoms..(eg dizziness , fainting etc HOWEVER I would suggest some THYROID testing just to be sure your fatigue and low pulse rate isn't due to a low thyroid condition! Hope this helps Dr Z

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What is a good resting heart rate for 2 yr old boy? Through oximetry study I saw his O2 was great. But HR while calm/asleep was 140-160?

What is a good resting heart rate for 2 yr old boy? Through oximetry study I saw his O2 was great. But HR while calm/asleep was 140-160?

Heart rate: There seems to be an important past medical history with your son? As we do not usually check oxygen on a two year old unless there is a reason. So the heart rate may be elevated in a normal two year old who is asleep but not in a child with a reason for it,

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Is a resting heart rate of 120 high?

Is a resting heart rate of 120 high?

Yes: Un the absence of stress, anxiety, or recent exercise it is high. You should see your Dr. For an EKG, and possibly a blood count and thyroid blood work if needed.

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What's the average resting heart rate?

What's the average resting heart rate?

Heart rate: Resting heart rate for a normal adult is 60-80bpm, with exercise we target heart rate to age and phsyical status.

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Resting heart rate is 128 bpm. Is this bad?

Resting heart rate is 128 bpm. Is this bad?

Tachycardia: That is high for an adult resting heart rate. See your dr. For an evaluation.

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Resting heart rate of 48 bpm. Is this normal?

Resting heart rate of 48 bpm. Is this normal?

It depends: It depends on your age and physical condition. An elete athelete may have a normal resting rate of 48. It can also be low from medication like a beta blocker. A low heat rate could be suggestive of a heart conduction problem. It would be best to check with your physician.

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What is the resting heart rate for an athlete?

What is the resting heart rate for an athlete?

Normal vs Abnormal: In normal adults a resting heart rate of 60-80 is common. Deconditioning can lead to faster rates while conditioned athletes can have heart rates in the 40-60 range. Olympic sports athletes may have heart rates in the 30's.

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Is it normal for my resting heart rate to be 130?

Is it normal for my resting heart rate to be 130?

No: You should see a doctor right away. It may be relatively benign or a sign of an abnormal heart rhythm or other anomaly.

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Why is my resting heart rate faster in the mornings?

Why is my resting heart rate faster in the mornings?

Normal fluctuation: Our blood pressures and heart rates increase in the mornings naturally. This is called diurnal variation, and is part of the mechanism our bodies have for waking us up.

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