Yes. Our heart rate responds to how much oxygen our muscles require–the more oxygen the muscles require the more oxygenated blood the heart needs to pump and the faster the heart rate. So, when we are sitting, or even more so when we are lying down, the oxygen demand of our muscles is minimized and so our heart rate slows down.
Yes, for a normal, healthy individual the heart rate slows about 10% during sleep.
Yes, and it’s very important to get enough sleep for just that reason. Your body needs the rest that comes from a balanced, methodic, slow-beating heart to remain healthy and feel invigorated the following day.
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