More than ever, people are taking control of their health by using wearables, like Oura, to listen to body signals they aren’t consciously aware of. Instead of relying on how we intuit what our body is doing, we can now leverage data to objectively see the effects of our lifestyles.

Maybe you are curious about whether your evening meditation is helping you recover faster or if your afternoon coffee is disrupting your sleep.

While you can turn to scientific papers for direction, what has worked for others may not necessarily work for you. The best way to get the most helpful data is to conduct a personal experiment.

Oura can help you leverage insights about your sleep, activity, and recovery to get the most out of your theories. By allowing you to assign tags to common activities, Oura makes experimenting easy.

Getting Started

Here’s an example of how to conduct a personal experiment on whether caffeine affects your sleep.

No matter what you are interested in measuring, chances are that someone out there has already done research on the subject. A little exploration may yield inspiration.

Keep these things in mind:

  • Experiment length: How long you try your new habit will depend on what you are measuring. If your habit changes your body overnight (e.g., caffeine) you may run a shorter experiment than if it takes a longer time to adapt (e.g., learning to meditate). Opt for at least a week to give yourself sufficient data.
  • Subjective data: You can always incorporate subjective data into your experiment as well. Maybe you want to rate how long it felt like it took to fall asleep or how refreshed and alert you felt the next day. Comparing your objective and conscious experiences can provide additional insights.

If you have a theory, test it out with Oura. Rather than take population averages at face value, Oura gets to know your personal baseline which means the insights are tailored to you. Everyone has a unique physiology. If you see that a late afternoon espresso or a hard workout doesn’t wreck your night, go ahead!

If you need inspiration, consider experimenting with these habits: