WHAT IS HRV?
Heart Rate Variability, simply known as HRV, was identified in 1733 yet it wasn't until the 1960's when advanced metrics were first measured. However, until recent technological advances, the cost of the equipment needed for accurate daily readings and the time it took to figure out the algorithms made HRV an impractical tool for all but well-funded laboratory research settings.
In recent years, HRV monitors became smaller and very affordable. A simple smartphone application takes the data from the monitors, applies the algorithms, and provides users accurate data on their social, emotional, mental, and medical health.
HRV becomes a practical and powerful tool that, with proper implementation, helps change lives.
Tracking your HRV helps you to identify outside influences that might positively or negatively impact your ability to reach your goals. An adverse event that threatens the success of a specific intervention will show up as a decrease in HRV over a several day period. This information alerts you to check in with yourself to re-establish the health and regulation of your nervous system. If you're looking after a group, for example the wellbeing of your employees, this information allows you too deliver support and resources to help, whether it be a specific user or a whole team.
Understanding Your HRV Baseline
Establishing an HRV baseline allows you to identify the right solutions and the best way to approach implementation. The baseline gives you data to measure the success of the intervention on your mental, physical, cognitive and social health. One objective of any intervention should include increasing HRV over time. While HRV fluctuates from hour-to-hour and day-to-day, weekly averages should continue to improve under effective care. If a weekly average declines, you know that the intervention is not having the desired effect and adjustments might be needed.
Improve your HRV scores with in app Biofeedback training
Biofeedback is a powerful tool that teaches people to develop greater awareness and ability to influence their physiological and mental functions by using signals from their own bodies. Biofeedback trains self-regulation and resilience for your mind and body.
Physiological processes such as heart rate variability can be accurately measured using the Optimal HRV app. With guidance using the in app Biofeedback training modules, you can learn to modify your physiological responses in ways beneficial to your health.