We know it’s not always possible to sleep for one long period of sleep at night – sometimes life gets in the way with work schedules, family obligations, or just a bad night. To empower the Oura Community to track all of the diverse ways in which we sleep, Oura has designed and launched a new Nap Detection capability so you can get the most out of your insights.

While your Oura Ring already measured naps as “Rest Periods,” Nap Detection now provides detailed insights about that nap and ensures the impact of all of your sleep is reflected in your Sleep and Readiness Scores. 

New parent getting up and down with a baby? Night shift worker? Studying for an exam? Not every person or every night is the same but you should get credit for all the sleep you do and be able to see the impact on your body. Nap detection supports that.

What’s new? 

  • Oura now provides sleep staging, heart rate, HRV, and movement data for periods of sleep longer than 15 minutes
  • Nap Detection ensures you get credit for all of your sleep throughout the day in your Sleep and Readiness Scores
  • Sleep tracking accuracy and insights are improved for users who sleep during the day (napping, shift-work, polyphasic sleep pattern, etc.) 

Read on to learn how you can get the most out of the new update.

Note: Currently available on iOS. Coming soon on Android.  

How You Can Use This Feature

Follow the steps below:

1.Your Oura Ring will track any period where you are asleep for over 15 minutes as a nap. The next time you open your app, you’ll be prompted to confirm that your Oura correctly detected your sleep.

2.Once you confirm your nap, you’ll be able to see how that sleep impacted your Sleep and Readiness Scores.

3.You’ll also be able to see sleep staging, heart rate, HRV, and movement data for your nap.

4.At the end of the day, you’ll be able to browse through all of your sleep periods on your Sleep tab.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • If you don’t confirm your naps, they will only be recorded as Rest Periods which won’t provide detailed insights (sleep staging, heart rate and HRV graphs, movement, etc.) and won’t impact your Sleep and Readiness Scores.
  • If you nap before 6 PM, your Sleep/Readiness Score will update right away. If you nap after 6 PM, Oura anticipates you will sleep that evening and will hold off on updating your score until the next long sleep period of 3hr+.
  • Sleeping periods over 3hrs will be automatically confirmed.

Examples From The Oura Community

This new feature can be used in a wide variety of instances. Here are a few key examples:

Napping After A Rough Night:

“I only had 5 hours of sleep on Monday night before work. When I got home, I crashed for 2 hours. My Sleep and Readiness only bumped up a bit, but I felt like a new man!” – Mats

Taking A Power Nap:

“My wife and I have been juggling the kids between work calls with work from home. There was a moment this afternoon where they were both in class and you better believe I seized the opportunity for a 20 minute power nap. +3 Readiness. I will take it!” – Anthony

Sleeping Between Shifts:

“I work a night shift every second week so my sleep schedule changes…a lot. I usually sleep for 3 hours between 7-10PM, work the night shift, and then sleep again from 9AM-3PM when I get home. Now, when I look at my Oura data, it is all rolled up into a single score.” – Ellie

Very Broken Sleep:

“It completely depends on the night but sometimes the breastfeeding schedule means I’m up and down every hour erratically. I really need every little bit I can get.” – Laura