Beyond viewing your daily insights each morning when you wake up, or waiting for your Weekly Report to arrive, Oura offers you the benefit of viewing your Sleep, Readiness and Activity patterns with Trends. Using daily, weekly, and monthly Trend views, you’re able to dig deeper into all your personal metrics and understand how they’ve changed and, or improved with time.
On top of that, Oura also provides you with a Trend snapshot into three of your most powerful metrics: heart rate variability , body temperature and bedtime . These are found in the top half of the Trends screen, which can be accessed by following the steps in the section below, 'View Trends in the Oura App'. All other Sleep, Readiness and Activity metrics are found in the bottom half of this same screen.
Below, we’ll outline how you can get started with Trends in the Oura app. We’ll also touch on how using tags in Trends might be your best next step in figuring out how to improve your sleep quality, recovery, or daily activity.
Scenarios Where You Might Use Trends
The following are a few scenarios where you may want to consider using Trends. If you find yourself asking similar questions, Trends may prove to be a useful tool for you.
• You find yourself feeling abnormally tired and want to consider—have I experienced any declines in my total sleep time, deep sleep, or sleep efficiency in the past few days that may be playing a role? Or, has my heart rate variability been trending downward, reflecting a potential stunt in my body's recovery?
• You find yourself straying from your usual nightly routine and want to consider—how have my bedtimes varied over the past month?
• You sense that you’re beginning to get sick and want to consider—has my body temperature gradually increased outside of its normal range, or has my Readiness Score declined gradually over the course of the past week?
View Trends in the Oura App
1. Go to the menu in the upper left-hand corner of the Home tab.
2. Tap Trends .
3. Tap heart rate variability, temperature or bedtime at the top of the screen for a quick view into one of Oura's most meaningful metrics.
• Your heart rate variability and bedtime Trends are displayed in the Weekly view, showing your average HRV and bedtime over the past 7 days.
*The Trend arrow for HRV indicates if your average HRV for the past 7 days is going up or down in comparison to the 7 days prior.
*The Trend arrow for bedtime indicates if your average bedtime is getting earlier or later for the past 7 days in comparison to the 7 days prior.
• Your temperature Trend will be displayed in the Daily view, as day-to-day fluctuations are the most valuable for this insight.
*The Trend arrow indicates if your body temperature has increased or decreased from the previous day.
4. Tap Sleep, Readiness, or Activity at the bottom of the screen for access to all other metrics recorded in your Oura app.
• From here, you can tap on an individual metric (e.g., 'Activity goal completion').
• Tap Daily, Weekly, or Monthly to observe your data over time in the desired view.
Use Tags in Trends
If you’ve had the chance to check out Trends in your Oura app and happened to notice the Tags and activities option beneath your trendline, perhaps you’ve considered what this is all about. As a quick intro, tags are how you can determine which behaviors and daily actions actually tie into the Sleep, Readiness, and Activity Trends you view over time.
By adding tags, you’ll be able to discover which activities or habits are causing dips, peaks, or stability in your trendlines. Viewing tags and Trends together allows you to visualize and understand how your behaviors impact your health data. By getting started with tags, you can seamlessly monitor how your actions impact the results you see displayed in Trends, allowing you to make meaningful iterations and adjustments to your lifestyle from here.
To get started with using tags, jump to our article on how to Use Tags in Oura. This article will walk you through how to add tags in your Oura app, how to view them in Trends, and some best practices to keep in mind for when to look out for emerging patterns in various trendlines.
Keep in mind that you can also add tags directly from your Trends view. This means that if you tap into Trends (following the steps outlined above) and notice a pattern in your data that jogs your memory to reflect what may have caused an increase or decrease in your trendline, you'll be able to add a tag while remaining on that same screen. This process is also briefly outlined in our article on how to Use Tags, if you'd like to explore more.