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I’LL BE hon­est – I’ve long-since thought the whole idea of sleep track­ing to be a lit­tle bit ridicu­lous.

I mean, how can I im­prove my sleep by know­ing what goes on while

I’m asleep? I can’t do any­thing about it – I’m asleep.

Turns out I’ve got it all wrong. Knowl­edge is power, af­ter all – and the more you know about the way your body re­acts to the things you put it though, the more you can do to make things bet­ter.

And that’s what it’s all about – track­ing your health, your ac­tiv­ity, and your sleep can give you in­for­ma­tion about how the other things you do in your day can af­fect them.

Most peo­ple would use a smart watch to track these things – a Fit­bit or an Ap­ple Watch, say. But these are not right for ev­ery­body.

What if you like to wear a nice non-smart watch, maybe even one you have in­her­ited? And what if you don’t like to wear your watch in bed?

There is an an­swer, and it’s called Oura. It’s a smart ring. It boasts sev­eral ad­van­tages over a smart watch – firstly it’s much more dis­creet, ob­vi­ously, and can be worn com­fort­ably at all times of the day, and se­condly it has a bat­terylife most smart watches can only dream of.

Up to seven days with­out a

charge is about the aver­age – no screen to power makes all the dif­fer­ence. And you should be able to charge it up fully in 80 min­utes.

So far, so good, but what does it ac­tu­ally do?

It’s quite sim­ple, re­ally – it’s just crammed full of sen­sors. There’s an in­frared op­ti­cal pulse sen­sor, a 3D ac­celerom­e­ter, a gy­ro­scope and a tem­per­a­ture sen­sor.

It’s not a bad-look­ing de­vice, ei­ther - it looks pretty much like any other ring (even so, Prince Harry caused a bit of a stir when he was seen wear­ing one last year).

Once it has gath­ered all the in­for­ma­tion it can about how and when you move, when you sleep, and what your heart gets up to while all this is go­ing on, it gathers it all to­gether for anal­y­sis in a smart­phone app.

And a great smart­phone app it is, too. It fea­tures full ac­cess to all ac­tiv­ity and sleep data – it can show you trends and of­fer in­sights into the de­tails, and even of­fers the chance to add tags and notes to the data, so you can re­mem­ber what you did to make a change on any given day, and see how it worked.

It’ll even mea­sure ad­vanced stats, like your heart-rate vari­abil­ity and aver­age night-time res­pi­ra­tory rate while you’re asleep... and once it has gath­ered enough data, it’ll start to rec­om­mend the best bed­time win­dow for you per­son­ally, so you can get the best pos­si­ble night’s sleep.

A new fea­ture in the iOS ver­sion of the app has re­cently been in­tro­duced to help you track how med­i­tat­ing can help your gen­eral health – the Mo­ment mode times your med­i­ta­tion and of­fers re­lax­ing sound­tracks to help you stay in the, erm, mo­ment. All the while it tracks all the met­rics and analy­ses them to help you see the ben­e­fits and im­prove. Mo­ment is com­ing to the An­droid ver­sion of the app later this year.

All this info em­pow­ers you to see how what you do while you are awake af­fects how you sleep, and what ef­fect that has on what the mak­ers of Oura re­fer to as Readi­ness.

Yes, you get a score to see just how ready you are to tackle your day... and the goal is to max­imise that score ev­ery day for bet­ter days.

The Oura Ring starts at £280, and comes in sil­ver and black in eight dif­fer­ent sizes. See ourar­ for more de­tails and to buy.

Ex­er­cise, yoga, med­i­ta­tion... life, all af­fect how well you sleep and the Oura ring can keep track of them all

Oura could be the so­lu­tion to a great night’s sleep and looks like a nor­mal ring

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