How to Measure Heart Rate Variability (HRV) On Your Apple Watch

Time to manage stress smartly! You can measure heart rate variability (HRV) on your Apple Watch to learn about your body's autonomic nervous system. With the help of this immensely useful feature, you can manage anxiety in a better way.

Did you know that you could measure heart rate variability on your Apple Watch? It’s one of the most significant features of watchOS 4 which allows you to track HRV and also let you important information regarding your body’s autonomic nervous system. The biggest advantage of this feature is that it can help you take control of stress.

To begin, you need to first kick-start a Breathe session on your smartwatch. And once you have recorded the measurement of your body, you can check the data via the Health app on your iPhone. Let me show you how it works:

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How to Monitor Heart Rate Variability (HRV) on Apple Watch

Step #1. First off, you need to stay still while taking measurements (just sit down about a minute). Launch Breathe app on your Apple Watch.

Step #2. Now, tap on Start.

Open Breathe App and Tap on Start on Apple WatchStep #3. Next, follow the Breathe session as usual. Up next, you need to inhale as the animation grows and your device will tap your wrist. Exhale when the animation shrinks and the taps stop. Make sure to breathe until the session is completed and the watch taps you twice and chimes.

Use Breath App on Apple WatchMonitor Heart Rate Variability on Apple Watch

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Note: When you are using the Breathe app, the watchOS will mute some notifications to help you concentrate. Your session will end automatically if you move or answer a call. In this case, you will not get any credit for it.

After the Breathe session is completed, you will be able to view your HRV score on your iPhone.

How to View Heart Rate Variability on iPhone

Step #1. Launch Health app on your iPhone → Tap on the Health Data tab at the bottom → Tap on Heart.

Open Health App on iPhone and Tap on Heart

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Step #2. Next up, tap on Heart Rate Variability. Now, check out your HRV scores by Day, Week, Month, or Year.

Check Heart Rate Variability on iPhone

To view your entire data, tap on Show All Data.

Show All Data in Health Data on iPhone

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That’s done!

Wrapping up

It’s a very helpful feature. I use it on my watch to deal with anxiety in a better way. I wish there were a way to check the HRV data right from the smartwatch. Hopefully, Apple makes it possible sooner than later. What’s your take on this special watchOS feature? Do share your valuable feedback down below in the comments.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
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