The Oura app guides you find your ideal bedtime to help you wake up refreshed and feel energetic throughout the day. You’ll see the bedtime guidance on your daily timeline in the Oura app after the ring has collected enough data of your sleep quality and rhythms.
Optimal and recommended bedtime
Bedtime schedules - and overall daily rhythms - are personal. Some of us are more morning-type persons, others are at their best late in the evening. These different types of sleep and daily rhythms are called chronotypes. Most of us feel at our best when our sleep and activity are in harmony with our chronotype.
When determining your own ideal bedtime, the Oura app searches for a wake-up and bedtime schedule that correlates with your best nights – nights when you sleep long and restfully enough, your sleep contains a healthy pattern of sleep stages, and you recover well. If Oura's sleep score is familiar to you, this means that your score is at least 85.
If there's a clear pattern between your good quality nights and sleep schedule, what the Oura app shows you is your optimal bedtime window: the time when you’re most ready for sleep.
If there's some improvement that would enhance your sleep quality, for example going to bed earlier to get enough sleep, the Oura app shows you a recommended bedtime window. That’s the bedtime we recommend you to gradually move towards.
Note: if you sleep poorly, suffer from severe sleep disorders or have very irregular schedules, it can be that the Oura app cannot recommend you a bedtime window at all. In this case, there are other factors in your overall sleep quality that you need to pay attention first before trying to optimize your bedtime.
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