Study Reveals Wearable Tech’s Role in Monitoring Stress Levels During Sleep

A recent study by University of Vermont researchers, published in PLOS Digital Health, showcases the potential of wearable devices in detecting changes in stress levels during sleep, marking a significant step toward identifying biomarkers for support intervention. Lead author Laura Bloomfield highlights the visibility of stress changes in sleep data, with consistent associations found between perceived stress scores and various sleep parameters, including heart rate and respiratory rate.

The research, part of the Lived Experience Measured Using Rings Study (LEMURS), utilizes Oura rings to collect biometric data from college students, a demographic often experiencing insufficient sleep and heightened stress levels. The study's findings underline the importance of identifying effective interventions for mental health support among young adults, particularly during transitions like the college years. With 64% of participants reporting moderate-to-high stress levels, the study emphasizes the need for accessible support systems and highlights the challenge of interpreting stress signals using biometric data. Ultimately, the research aims to provide timely support for individuals experiencing declines in mental or physical health.

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