Heart rate isn't just a number on your fitness tracker; it's a critical marker of your overall health and well-being, especially during sleep. Numerous studies, indicate that an irregular heart rate can be a sign of sleep disorders or other underlying health issues. Thus, tracking this vital metric can be incredibly insightful.
We're thrilled to introduce a new feature that empowers you to monitor your heart rate trend specifically during your sleep sessions. This goes beyond the generic heart rate trends offered by other apps, focusing solely on the sleep aspect.
The Importance of Monitoring Heart Rate During Sleep
You may wonder why you should bother monitoring your heart rate while you're presumably at rest. Well, your heart rate provides invaluable insights into your sleep quality. Elevated or irregular heart rates can indicate stress, sleep apnea, or other medical conditions that may require attention. By keeping an eye on this metric, you're not just tracking sleep; you're promoting better sleep and overall health.
Introducing Heart Rate Trends during sleep
Unlike generic heart rate trends, this feature is tailored to monitor your average heart rate during each sleep session. You can view these trends on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis, offering a comprehensive overview of your sleep health over time.
But that's not all. You can also compare your heart rate with an array of health metrics, such as weight, caffeine intake, steps, and cycling distance. Additionally, essential sleep metrics like sleep quality, sleep duration, and body temperature can be juxtaposed with your heart rate data. This enables you to discover correlations and monitor how your lifestyle choices affect these crucial metrics.
The trend summary comes in two flavors:
- A quick weekly summary for a glanceable view of your heart rate trend.
- A detailed view that provides an in-depth heart rate chart along with the average, highest, and lowest values for the selected period.
To use this feature, you'll need permission to access the Heart Rate category, and the data must come from a compatible wearable like the Apple Watch. This new feature complements the detailed heart rate analysis that Pillow offers for each sleep session.