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I've been freaking out and constantly monitoring my heartbeat on my fitbit. When I'm super tired or looking at it off and on in the middle of the night my resting heartrate is 55-60 bpm. This seems really slow to me. I called my dr and she assured me it's within a normal range but I'm really scared! Does anybody else's go that slow?
 

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I think everyone is different. When I'm not in an anxiety state my tends to be in the low-to-mid 60s. I can tell when it gets into the 70s or low 80s, which is totally normal, and that feels too fast to me. People who are super fit and workout (not my case lol) have much lower resting heart rates , but it's actually a good thing and means your heart works more efficiently. Just like some people have blood pressures that seem very low but are normal for them. Unless your symptomatic from it, which i don't think you would be at 55-60, then its really not a big deal.
 

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I think everyone is different. When I'm not in an anxiety state my tends to be in the low-to-mid 60s. I can tell when it gets into the 70s or low 80s, which is totally normal, and that feels too fast to me. People who are super fit and workout (not my case lol) have much lower resting heart rates , but it's actually a good thing and means your heart works more efficiently. Just like some people have blood pressures that seem very low but are normal for them. Unless your symptomatic from it, which i don't think you would be at 55-60, then its really not a big deal.
Ok I was worried it may just keep getting lower and lower and stop beating or something. Or maybe cause blood clots because it's not moving my blood fast enough. Idk all kinds of stupid scenarios run through my head all day! Thank you for the reply!
 

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It's normal. My resting HR is the same. Athletes can go down to the 40s.

Careful with the Fitbit (or similar devices), we have the tendency to be scared by, or overly attached to, the numbers. Numbers are just numbers if you feel healthy before watching them. Give priority to your doctor's advice and only watch the averages of the numbers. I've developed a lot of anxiety because of that.
 

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Absolutely normal! Mine sometimes dips down into the low to mid 50s during the day, when I'm especially relaxed. At least according to the Fitbit I used to have. It also went that low often during sleep. It's perfectly normal.

I agree: careful with Fitbit and similar devices. While they can provide a general overview of what's happening with the heart rate, they are by no means a replacement for professional evaluation. My Fitbit would often register a heart rate quite a bit above or below what it actually was (I'd check manually).

If the Fitbit is causing you to self check often, stop wearing it for a while *or* figure out how to stop that. It's perfectly fine if you're trying to monitor the effectiveness of cardio exercise - that's primarily what I did with mine. I just wanted to make sure I was hitting my target heart rate. The band broke at some point, however, and I just never wore it again. If I ever do feel the need to check my heart rate, I check it manually.
 

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I've been freaking out and constantly monitoring my heartbeat on my fitbit. When I'm super tired or looking at it off and on in the middle of the night my resting heartrate is 55-60 bpm. This seems really slow to me. I called my dr and she assured me it's within a normal range but I'm really scared! Does anybody else's go that slow?
You should be happy about that. Lower is actually easier on the heart. But I get the same feeling at night when my body starts to relax and my heart rate slows down I start to worry about it. It's actually perfectly normal.
 

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Usually a low resting heart rate means you are physically fit. If your heart can pump more blood out in each beat, then it doesn’t have to beat as many times to circulate the same amt of blood.
 

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i just researched and the normal range for a heart beat is from 60 to 100 so i you should be fine try not to worry about it too much!. i have the same problem but the other way round. since i have heart palpitations due to my anxiety i often feel tight in my chest but not to tight. i can still breath but find it very difficult to talk.
i looked up on the internet and the way to get your heart rate up is through exercise.

hope this helps good luck!:)
 

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Absolutely normal! Mine sometimes dips down into the low to mid 50s during the day, when I'm especially relaxed. At least according to the Fitbit I used to have. It also went that low often during sleep. It's perfectly normal.

I agree: careful with Fitbit and similar devices. While they can provide a general overview of what's happening with the heart rate, they are by no means a replacement for professional evaluation. My Fitbit would often register a heart rate quite a bit above or below what it actually was (I'd check manually).

If the Fitbit is causing you to self check often, stop wearing it for a while *or* figure out how to stop that. It's perfectly fine if you're trying to monitor the effectiveness of cardio exercise - that's primarily what I did with mine. I just wanted to make sure I was hitting my target heart rate. The band broke at some point, however, and I just never wore it again. If I ever do feel the need to check my heart rate, I check it manually.
True. During my pregnancy I was the opposite my heart was close to 90a and 100s according to my fitbit. Dr said it gets high during pregnancy and I was freaking out thinking I was going to die from it beating so fast. Took off my watch for the rest of my pregnancy and I was fine.
After my pregnancy I started wearing it again and it is freaking me out noe because the numbers are so low. I'll try not wearing it for a while and see how that goes I guess. I just am so scared of my heart killing me because I remember watching my grandma dying in the hospital and watching her heartbeat as it just kept going lower and lower until it stopped.
 

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True. During my pregnancy I was the opposite my heart was close to 90a and 100s according to my fitbit. Dr said it gets high during pregnancy and I was freaking out thinking I was going to die from it beating so fast. Took off my watch for the rest of my pregnancy and I was fine.
After my pregnancy I started wearing it again and it is freaking me out noe because the numbers are so low. I'll try not wearing it for a while and see how that goes I guess. I just am so scared of my heart killing me because I remember watching my grandma dying in the hospital and watching her heartbeat as it just kept going lower and lower until it stopped.
Sorry to hear about that experience with your grandma. :( Ideally, you should get to the point where it doesn't bother you, and you aren't obsessively self checking. But in the meantime, it may help to not wear the Fitbit.

As others pointed out, it's fine for the heart rate to dip a bit, especially when relaxed. It is no indication of anything wrong, barring any underlying condition (which it sounds like you don't have). It's actually a good thing!
 

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I've been freaking out and constantly monitoring my heartbeat on my fitbit. When I'm super tired or looking at it off and on in the middle of the night my resting heartrate is 55-60 bpm. This seems really slow to me. I called my dr and she assured me it's within a normal range but I'm really scared! Does anybody else's go that slow?
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My resting heart rate is between 52-55 all the time and the doctor told me that's normal.
 

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My resting heart rate is between 52-55 all the time and the doctor told me that's normal.
Well I'm not wearing my watch anymore so I'm not checking mine. That is good to know though! I was really getting freaked out!
 
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