I Watched The Debate While Monitoring My Vital Signs And Holy Crap It Was Stressful


Talk about fight or flight.

This election season has been stressful.

Every day (every moment?) there's reason anew to be anxious about November 8, which is why the simple act of watching a debate can be…tense.

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In fact, I actually skipped watching Trump and Clinton in the first debate, because I just didn’t have the emotional bandwidth to bear witness that day.

In fact, I actually skipped watching Trump and Clinton in the first debate, because I just didn't have the emotional bandwidth to bear witness that day.

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So, I watched the debate wearing a Fitbit Charge HR and a Withings blood pressure monitor.

So, I watched the debate wearing a Fitbit Charge HR and a Withings blood pressure monitor.

Because I'm a fitness editor and this sounded like a normal thing to do.

I took my heart rate and blood pressure throughout the debate to see how my body responded to every stressful moment, from discussion of Hot Mic-ageddon to mentions of Deplorablesgate. (Gadget rental company Lumoid lent us the wearables for this experiment.)

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