Why do I breath more slowly than my bed partner?

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Why do I breath more slowly than my bed partner?
« on: 26/02/2009 15:30:01 »
malikapink asked the Naked Scientists:
   
When I am lying next to someone who is sleeping, I have noticed many times  that their breathing rate is about one and a half times faster than mine.   Does that mean my lungs are larger?   Can breathing rate be an indicator of overall health?

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Why do I breath more slowly than my bed partner?
« Reply #1 on: 26/02/2009 18:55:35 »
malikapink asked the Naked Scientists:
   
When I am lying next to someone who is sleeping, I have noticed many times  that their breathing rate is about one and a half times faster than mine.   Does that mean my lungs are larger?   Can breathing rate be an indicator of overall health?

Thanks!

I love your show and fall asleep to it almost every night.   All the knowledge soaks right into my unconscious brain.   :)

candice

What do you think?
I am not sure, but it's possible that when you look at them they are in a deep sleep and so theyr breathing rate is lower (you obviously are not in a deep sleep and so you can't make a real comparison).

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Why do I breath more slowly than my bed partner?
« Reply #2 on: 27/02/2009 03:08:54 »
Probably because the sleeping person breaths in less air and you can control how much you breath in so their rate is faster. [:)]
Just a guess though...

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Why do I breath more slowly than my bed partner?
« Reply #3 on: 02/03/2009 08:41:34 »
Maybe it's the invigorating effect of being in bed beside you?!
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