How Should I Interpret My Resting Heart Rate and HRV?

What can you learn by monitoring your resting heart rate and heart rate variability? Many things, it turns out. This article highlights a few of them.

Keep in mind: Oura does not measure resting heart rate or heart rate variability during exercise.

Heart Rate Variability (HRV Icon_HRV.png)

HRV is the constant variation in milliseconds between your heartbeats and it reflects your heart's ability to respond to different situations. You can view yours on Oura's Readiness Icon_Readiness.png tab.

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The following are unwritten rules that you can follow when looking at your HRV in Oura:

• A higher HRV might be the result of a much-needed rest day, a cool bedroom at night, or participation in more mindful, low-to-moderate-intensity activities like hiking or yoga.

• A lower HRV might be the result of dehydration, consumption of alcohol, a late meal, a late workout, sickness, acute stress, or a hot bedroom at night.

Make a mental note of the choices you make throughout the day, and use tags to reflect on choices that either help or hurt your HRV.

Resting Heart Rate (RHR Icon_Heart.png)

RHR is the number of times your heart beats per minute when you’re at rest and is viewed as a good indicator of your sleep quality, recovery, and overall health. You can view yours on Oura's Sleep Icon_Moon.png and Readiness Icon_Readiness.png tabs.

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The following are unwritten rules that you can follow when looking at your RHR in Oura:

 • Low RHR is often associated with good fitness and overall health.

 • High RHR is often associated with stress (both good and bad).

 • Unusually high RHR can be a sign that something is challenging your system. Consider taking it easy if you notice a spike.

Your lowest RHR during sleep can serve as a good baseline for your overall wellbeing. If you see your lowest RHR in the first half of your night's sleep, it can be considered a sign of good recovery.

To learn more about RHR and HRV, visit The Pulse.

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