The new 'Moment' feature on Oura Ring delivers biofeedback on meditation

 

An intriguing new element has been added to the award-winning Oura Ring. It’s called “Moment,” and it gives you feedback on your meditation and mindfulness activities.

This is one of the greatest smart rings on the market, having been introduced a few years ago. The gizmo’s sleep tracking is likely its most well-known feature. Oura Ring measures your heart rate, pulse wave shape, breathing rate, body temperature, movement, and more to automatically detect and analyse the quality of your rest and recovery.

Ura keeps track of your physical activity and time spent sitting while you are awake. The ring keeps track of your daily steps as well as the total distance travelled. It also calculates the number of calories burned each day.

The biometric ring now has a new feature that helps you deal with stress. It accomplishes this by monitoring resting heart rate and heart rate variability (HRV) from the finger’s palmar arteries. Both of these metrics have a strong link to stress and heart health.

Oura Ring’s new meditation feature, “Moment,” gives biofeedback. Image source: Oura Ring

When you’re stressed, your central nervous system tells your heart, brain, and muscles to get ready for a fight-or-flight scenario. Your resting heart rate rises as a result of this. As a result, lower heart rate levels are typically thought to be beneficial.

On the other hand, a high HRV should be your goal. A healthy HRV should not be pounding at a perfect speed, which may seem counterintuitive. According to research, a high HRV indicates that your body is more stress resilient and healthy. That is to say, the greater the variation between heartbeats, the better.

It is common knowledge that regular meditation reduces stress, improves sleep, and improves general health. Moment tracks your meditation session time, resting heart rate trends, and HRV values, allowing you to track your development.

Simply select a session length and soundscape, or go completely silent. You can use it in conjunction with your favourite guided meditation app or movie, or you can do it on your own. The ring will calculate the beat-by-beat difference in pulse while you are sitting still. Simply close the session after you’ve finished, and optionally tag it with a session type and a rating on how it went.

You’ll have more data to work with the more you use the feature. Keeping track of these numbers will allow you to assess how different meditation sessions affect you physiologically and select the one that best suits your needs.

“We’ve gotten more distracted as a culture than ever before, and it’s taxing on our bodies and minds.” Oura CEO Harpreet Rai stated, “Sleep and meditation are investments in our future selves that help us live lives with deeper connection, awareness, and present moment.”

“Moment is an exciting expansion of our services that will help our users get more rest, be more productive, and make the most of every day.”

Oura said the Moment is only available for iPhone users with a second generation ring and software version 2.6.0 or higher. Later this year, an Android app will be released.

The clever ring is worn by 75,000 people in more than 100 countries. Visit uraring.com for more information or to make a purchase.

 

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