Understand Your Restless Sleep Using Nighttime Movement

Having trouble sleeping through the night? Use Oura's Nighttime Movement feature to see whether or not excess tossing and turning during the night might be affecting your sleep quality.

Restlessness can impact how restorative your sleep is—affecting your mood, productivity, mental sharpness, and overall health. When you sleep through the night, you're more likely to perform better.

Where Can I View Nighttime Movement?

On the Sleep tab, users can see their Movement graph by tapping the arrow just below their sleep stages to expand or hide this view.


The Movement graph displays five-minute time blocks as lines, which represent the intensity of your movement based on height and color:

  • Tall, White Line = High-intensity movement. You were likely awake.
  • Medium, Light Grey Line = Medium-intensity movement. You were likely tossing and turning.
  • Short, Dark Grey Line = Low-intensity movement. You were shifting in your sleep and it may have lead to lower sleep efficiency.
  • Blank Spot = No movement. You were sound asleep.

As you become familiar with your movement patterns over time, you can start to identify habits that might be impacting your sleep.

Nighttime Movement is available for iOS and Android users. For more information on the feature, and how some of our users are making the most of it, visit The Pulse.

Tips for Restless Sleepers

Restless sleep is caused by a variety of factors, many of which are tied to our daily routines and habits. If you have trouble falling asleep or suffer from insomnia, try taking a Moment prior to falling asleep. Another tip that might help reduce the amount of movement during your night's sleep is reducing your exposure to screens well in advance of your bedtime (1-2 hours).

For the most accurate results, ensure the sensor bumps on the inside of your ring are resting on the palm side of your finger prior to falling asleep each night.

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