Why should I care about my heart rate variability?

Lief Team
February 18, 2023 • 1 min read
There are several reasons why it can be helpful to pay attention to your heart rate variability (HRV):

1. Cardiovascular health: High HRV is generally associated with good cardiovascular health and a healthy autonomic nervous system (ANS). Conversely, low HRV is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and other health problems.

2. Stress and anxiety: Some research suggests that HRV may be a useful marker for stress and anxiety, as the ANS plays a key role in the body’s response to stress. Monitoring HRV may help you to identify times when you are feeling particularly stressed or anxious and take steps to manage those feelings.

3. Exercise: HRV can be used to monitor training intensity and recovery in athletes. By tracking HRV over time, you may be able to identify patterns that can help you optimize your training and avoid overtraining or burnout.

4. Sleep: HRV is thought to be influenced by sleep quality, and some research suggests that tracking HRV may be a useful way to monitor sleep quality and identify potential sleep problems.

Overall, understanding HRV can provide valuable insights into your physical and mental well-being, and may help you to make lifestyle changes that can improve your health and well-being. Try real-time HRV tracking today with our clinical-grade ECG wearable, Lief.

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