Oura Ring Ships First Pre-Orders to US, Canada

Oura ring sleep tracker

Are you getting enough sleep? Do you sleep sound or experience disturbed sleep pattern? If you aren’t sure about these questions and think you might have sleeping problems then Oura ring is for you.

Oura ring, a sleep tracker, has started shipping the first pre-orders of its new rings to customers in the United States and Canada.

The sleep tracker, which comes in the form of a ring, automatically collects the wearer’s data and synchronizes it to the Oura app to a smartphone running Android or iOS. Just wear the ring around your finger, and it’ll measure your physiological signals, with no switches or flashing lights.

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The Oura ring measures the physiological signals of your body, understands your lifestyle, and guides you to make your own optimal daily choices.

According to the company, it has a customer base that spans over 50 countries.

The new Oura ring is the first consumer-available wearable that provides circadian alignment guidance. By tracking long-term data on your sleep, recovery and activity, Oura is able to understand your personal circadian rhythm, and helps you to align your lifestyle to it.

Oura ring sleep tracker
The wearer’s data is sent via Oura app to a smartphone running Android or iOS. (Image: Oura)

What is Circadian Rhythm?

Our body operate according to a circadian rhythm – a roughly 24-hour rhythm that sets the pace for our bodies and minds in a steady manner.  For example, when we get sleepy and hungry at the same time of day, that happens due to our circadian rhythm at work.

It is important that we follow these so called internal clocks, and let our bodies function according to their pace. Disruptions in the rhythm (evident in shift-workers, for example) can cause different types of health problems such as sleep disorders, heartburn or ulcers.

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The circadian rhythm is encoded in us and it follows the 24-hour rhythm of the sun. This alignment in the sun deals with our sleep. Sunrise and light in the morning sends a signal to our brain and asks it to wake up, whereas sunset and darkness are signals that tell us that it’s time to go to sleep.

Because our internal clocks plan the way our bodies and minds operate, we should learn what our own circadian schedules are, and try to follow them. This applies to sleep as well.

NOTE about Android users. For Android uers, the new Oura app is available as an Open Beta version in Google Play! If you have a phone running Android version 8.0 or higher, you can join the Open Beta and download the new Oura app. For the new ring you’ll need the new Oura app (app version 2.0 or higher) for Android.