How do I track breathing rate in the Fitbit app?
Track your nightly breathing rate to see trends over time.
Note: This data is included in the Health Metrics tile in the Fitbit app. For more information, see What should I know about health metrics in the Fitbit app?
Breathing rate, also known as respiratory rate, is the number of breaths you take per minute. Typically, breathing rate is 12-20 breaths per minute.
Note: This feature is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and should not be relied on for any medical purposes. It is intended to provide information that can help you manage your well-being. If you have any concerns about your health, please talk to a healthcare provider. If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, call emergency services.
Track your average breathing rate during sleep to help you gauge your overall well-being. Breathing rate during sleep usually doesn’t vary significantly from night to night.
Due to healthy, normal fluctuations, the time between heartbeats shortens when you inhale and increases when you exhale. The optical heart-rate sensor on your device tracks the small differences in these intervals while you’re asleep to determine your average breathing rate for the night. In the graph, your latest breathing rate measurement is from the longest sleep period over the past 24 hours. Only sleep periods greater than 3 hours are considered.
Wear your device for at least a full day, including to sleep at night. Then check your stats:
- In the morning, open the Fitbit app and tap the Today tab > Health Metrics .
- See a graph of your nightly average breathing rate.
- For details, tap Learn More above the graph.
Several factors can affect your breathing rate, including age, sex, weight, lung and heart conditions, anxiety, and fever.