Resting Heart Rate (RHR) is the number of times your heart beats per minute when you’re at rest. It’s a good indication of your sleep quality, recovery, and overall health.
What can you learn by monitoring your own RHR? Can keeping tabs on your heart rate really help you manage your health and wellness better?
Average RHR for adults can range anywhere from 40 to 100 beats per minute (BPM). Women tend to have a higher RHR than men, while elite athletes tend to be at the bottom of the BPM range. The best way to find your average is by using a wearable device that measures your RHR in a similar setting over a few weeks.
When comparing your daily RHR to your average, keep the following in mind:
RHR is linked to your autonomic nervous system. Small changes in RHR can signal a significant shift in how your body is reacting to stressors.
To see any changes, it’s better to track your RHR over a longer period of time instead of taking an individual snapshot. Ideally, RHR is measured at night when your body is in a consistent state.
Helpful metrics to track are:
Your lowest nightly RHR is a good baseline metric of your health and well-being. Lower RHR can indicate better cardiovascular health and recovery. If you track how your resting heart rate changes throughout the night, you may better understand how your body and mind recover from daily strain.
Your RHR is affected by various factors, some of which are easier to control than others:
It is normal to see changes to your RHR patterns during training, stress, or hormone cycles.