Oura's Moment Feature: What You Should Know
To take a Moment, you’ll need a second generation Oura ring, iOS app version 2.6.0 or later, Android app 2.7.0 or later and ring firmware version 1.19.1 or later.
Understanding Your Resting Heart Rate and HRV
Daytime resting heart rate and HRV can give you insight into how relaxed and recovered, or stressed and strained you are. While being in the moment isn’t all about numbers, keeping tabs on your body’s reactions can help you see how your daily routines and relaxation affect your wellbeing.
A moment of downtime can take your heart rate down, helping your body recover and recharge. When your body relaxes and heart rate lowers, your HRV tends to increase.
If your heart rate is elevated and HRV stays low, something might be stressing your body or mind. Common stressors during the day include food, exercise, caffeine, illnesses, hormone levels, dehydration and temperature. Thoughts and emotions, such as stress or excitement, can also keep your heart rate up and HRV down.
Comparing Data with Nighttime Averages
In the Moment Session details view, you can also compare your session trends against your nighttime averages, which are useful points of reference for evaluating how you’re doing during the day.
A rule of thumb is that the closer you get to your nighttime averages, the more relaxed your body and mind are. It’s good to note that heart rate and HRV are very sensitive measures, so your daytime readings are usually very different from your nighttime averages – even if you feel relaxed.
Remember also that heart rate and HRV are highly personal, so don’t compare your readings and trends with others.
Comparing Session Data
In addition to varying between day and night, heart rate and HRV also vary according to the time of day. If you want to compare session results between days, try to have your Moment at the same time each day.
To make sessions even more comparable, try to keep your measurement conditions as constant as possible. In addition to your environment, pay attention to your activities, and what you eat and drink before the session. Try to also take the same position sitting or lying down during the session.