Résumé : Objective: To assess if micro-accelerometers and gyroscopes may provide useful information for the detection of breathing disturbances in further studies. Approach: Forty-three healthy volunteers performed a 10 s end-expiratory breath-hold, while ballistocardiograph (BCG) and seismocardiograph (SCG) determined changes in kinetic energy and its integral over time (iK, J • s). BCG measures overall body accelerations in response to blood mass ejection into the main vasculature at each cardiac cycle, while SCG records local chest wall vibrations generated beat-by-beat by myocardial activity. This minimally intrusive technology assesses linear accelerations and angular velocities in 12 degrees of freedom to calculate iK during the whole cardiac cycle. iK produced during systole and diastole were also computed. Main results: The iK during normal breathing was 87.1 [63.3; 132.8] µJ • s for the SCG and 4.5 [3.3; 6.2] µJ • s for the BCG. Both increased to 107.1 [69.0; 162.0] µJ • s and 6.1 [4.4; 9.0] µJ • s, respectively, during breath-holding (p  = 0.003 and p  < 0.0001, respectively). The iK of the SCG further increased during spontaneous respiration following apnea (from 107.1 [69.0; 162.0] µJ • s to 160.0 [96.3; 207.3] µJ • s, p  < 0.0001). The ratio between the iK of diastole and systole increased from 0.35 [0.24; 0.45] during apnea to 0.49 [0.31; 0.80] (p  < 0.0001) during the restoration of respiration. Significance: A brief voluntary apnea generates large and distinct increases in SCG and BCG waveforms. iK monitoring during sleep may prove useful for the detection of respiratory disturbances. ClinicalTrials.gov number: NCT03760159