Beyond viewing your daily insights, or waiting for your Weekly Report to arrive, Oura allows you to view your Sleep, Readiness, and Activity patterns over the course of time with Trends. Using daily, weekly, and monthly Trend views, you can dig deeper into any of your personal metrics and understand how they’ve changed or improved with time.
On top of that, Oura equips you with quick Trend snapshots into three of your most powerful metrics:
Heart rate variability
These are found in the top half of the Trends screen, which can be accessed by following steps 1 and 2 in the section below, View Trends in the Oura App. All other Sleep, Readiness, and Activity metrics are located in the bottom half of this same initial screen.
Below, we outline how to get started using Trends in the Oura app—including how adding tags and monitoring them via Trends is a fantastic way to determine how your habits and behaviors impact your sleep quality, recovery, and daily activity. If you're looking to improve or act on your current state of health in any way, using tags in Trends is a great place to start. By merging these two, you'll be able to take note of your distinct actions and observe any physiological changes that follow over the next few days, week(s), or month(s). Think of it as running a casual experiment on yourself and having eyesight into the real-time results—right at your fingertips.
Scenarios for Using Trends
If you're feeling in need of some creative inspiration, the following are a few scenarios where you could 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 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 over 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 (1) Heart rate variability, (2) Temperature, or (3) Bedtime at the top of the screen for a quick glimpse into one of Oura's most popular 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 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 a chance to check out Trends in your Oura app and noticed the Tags and activities copy beneath your graphs, allow us to give you a quick rundown of how you can use these two in complement. In short, tags are how you can determine which behaviors and daily actions loop into the Sleep, Readiness, and Activity Trends you view over time, and want to make note of.
By adding tags, you can discover which activities or habits are causing dips, peaks, or stability in your Oura data. 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 reflected in Trends—allowing you to make meaningful iterations and adjustments to your lifestyle from this initial point of awareness.
To get started using tags, jump to our article: Use Tags. Here, we'll 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 when remaining on the lookout for emerging patterns.
Keep in mind, 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 as to what may have caused this increase or decrease in your data, you can add the tag right then and there. This process is also briefly outlined in our article on how to Use Tags, if you'd like to explore more.