What Is Respiratory Rate?
This physiological parameter (RR) measures the number of breaths you take per minute and is a great indicator of certain physiological conditions such as illnesses or health complications. When you inhale, oxygen enters the lungs and travels to the organs. When you exhale, carbon dioxide leaves your body. A normal RR plays a critical role in keeping oxygen and carbon dioxide levels balanced.
What Is a Normal Respiratory Rate?
A normal resting RR is about 12 to 20 respirations per minute (rpm). At this rate, the carbon dioxide exits your lungs at the same rate your body produces it. Your RR will vary as you age. Ivy measures your RR during the sleep cycle and can measure only when you’re still enough. Missing data means your body movement was too intense for Ivy to detect your RR or that you're wearing your Ivy too loosely.
What Can Affect My Respiratory Rate?
The most common factors that can affect your RR are physical fitness, emotional states, body temperature, disease, and overall health status. Although there's a wide range for a normal RR, an unusually persistently high or low respiratory rate could indicate an underlying problem.
What Do My Statistics Mean?
Average - The number here expresses the central value in your set of RR data points that were collected during your sleep cycle. This value is the typical value of RR for that particular sleep cycle and can be used to make comparisons between days. If the RR average value is within your baseline range, it’s a positive indication that your body is functioning well.
Minimum - This is the smallest value in your given set of RR data points that were collected during the sleep cycle. It can show the moment during sleep when your body was at its most relaxed state and you were calmest.
Maximum - This is the highest value in your given set of RR data points that were collected during the sleep cycle. It can indicate the moment during sleep when your body was the most stressed or if you have a bad dream.
What Does the Graph Mean?
The graph shows you how the RR data changes throughout your sleep cycle. The sleep period, when data is collected, is divided into hourly intervals. Each point on the graph represents the average value for a particular interval and the box around the data points represents its min-max range.