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Advice on heart rate monitor - HR, sleep cycle data, possibly HRV

Discussion in 'Lifestyle Management' started by InitialConditions, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. InitialConditions

    InitialConditions

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    Hi folks,

    I'm looking into getting a heart rate monitor, so I'm doing a bit of research. I realise there are several threads already here at PR dealing with this topic, but some are outdated and I have specific requests.

    A watch is probably my first port of call, though I would consider a strap.

    I want to track heart rate throughout the day, including sleep.

    I'd also like some reasonaly accurate sleep cycle data.

    The device must be responsive - ideally it can sense quick changes in heart rate, for example sitting to standing in someone with POTS. I'd also love to be able to track HRV, but I understand this would mean a chest strap?

    if possible, I would like to be able to easily visualise the data (using a companion app for example), and by downloading or transfering the data to a PC for my own analysis.

    Budget is up to £150

    So, does anyone have any advice or recommendations?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Chris

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    I bought a Garmin Vivosport recently; it tracks HR pretty well, and shows it full-time; it does track it during sleep too. The date on sleep is not very detailed, but gives a rough picture. Data can easily be transferred to the Connect ap on a PC. It does claim to track HRV, and gives a figure upon request, though I have no way of telling how accurate this is. If it shows a high stress rate, it offers the option of taking you through a slow beathing routine to lower stress.
     
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  3. HeleneG

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    My Apple Watch does that. It sends alerts if my bpm goes over 100 or under 40 and it kind of tracks my sleep.
     
  4. InitialConditions

    InitialConditions

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    Has anyone got a chest strap device?
     
  5. Chris

    Chris Senior Member

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    Yes, I have a fairly cheap Timex that does OK. I have found that my Vivosport does not do a good job if I row--I suspect any vigorous arm activity is likely to produce incorrect readings, though I think it does OK for things like walking. The Timex is definitely more accurate for rowing. But it is a minor nuisance to put the belt on and take it off. My rowing machine has a receiver under the track, and the HR shows on the monitor. But since I can only row for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, it does not matter much!
     

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