Breathing is a vital function that all living beings need to survive. Without it, the body would not get oxygen from the air or expel carbon dioxide from the blood, and death could quickly follow after only a few minutes. To make sure one can breathe easily, many people choose to monitor their breathing rate. Here are some ways on how to monitor breathing rate.
1) USING A PULSE OXIMETER
A pulse oximeter is a device that measures the oxygen saturation of the blood and then displays it as a percentage of the total hemoglobin in the blood. Because there’s more hemoglobin in red blood cells than in other parts of the body, pulse oximeters can accurately measure oxygen saturation in the blood because hemoglobin is very good at absorbing and releasing oxygen.
The main advantage of using a pulse oximeter for measuring breathing rate is that it’s non-invasive, which means there are no sensors that need to be attached on top of or inside either the skin or clothing. It can be placed on the tip of a finger and can measure the amount of blood in motion with just a single heartbeat, making it convenient to carry around.
2) USING BREATH RATE MONITORS
Breath rate monitors use sensors or infrared light to detect how fast or slow a person is breathing, which then displays the reading on a digital screen. Usually, breath rate monitors are attached to a chest strap around the stomach or chest area. Breath rate monitors can be used during activities such as jogging and exercise to measure breathing rate accurately. A pulse oximeter might not keep up with high-intensity activity since it relies on the heart rate for oxygen saturation readings. Therefore it is not as accurate.
3) USING A WATCH WITH AN ACCELEROMETER
An accelerometer is a sensor that measures movement and vibration and converts it into an electrical signal. It can determine how many steps a person has taken throughout the day and even monitor sleep movements at night. While most people use an accelerometer to track their daily activity, it can also be used as a breathing monitor, measuring breathing rate throughout the day.
- USING A MOBILE APP
Many apps, such as Instant Heart Rate and breathing+, can be downloaded on a smartphone or tablet device. These apps use the camera on the phone to take a picture of the user’s finger and then measures how much light is blocked as blood flows through it. It will then display your current heart rate and breathing rate and its variations throughout the day, which can be used to track changes in breathing rate over time.
- USING A SMART PILLOW
A smart pillow is a breath monitor that is placed inside a pillowcase. It works by using sensors or infrared light to detect how fast or slow a person is breathing while they are asleep. When it’s your turn to sleep, the smart pillow will send data to your phone or tablet device so you can monitor how much light is blocked as blood flows through your finger.
when monitoring breathing rates, it is important to note that no one breath rate or pattern is perfect for everyone. A slower heart rate and shallow breaths may be the norm for some people, while others might have in-depth deep breaths with a higher pulse. Monitoring your respiratory patterns can help you understand more about how you work best to make adjustments as necessary.