Oura is introducing the ability to turn on “Rest Mode” within the app to optimize your insights to focus on recovery when you feel tired, unwell, or need to slow down.

Turning on Rest Mode adjusts your Sleep and Readiness insights to give you recovery guidance while temporarily snoozing your Activity score and goals so you can focus on rest. Rest Mode also helps you tag your symptoms to monitor your recovery progress.

Rest Mode is designed for users who want to change their Oura experience to give them insights that best fit their recovery needs. While it can be turned on manually, it is designed to automatically trigger if Oura detects that your body temperature is elevated, which is a key signal that your body is under strain.

Read on to learn how the new update can help optimize your recovery.

What’s New?

Rest Mode Alerts You When Your Body Is Under Strain

Rest Mode is designed to automatically alert you when Oura detects that your body temperature is elevated, indicating that something is stressing your body. While you always have the ability to toggle Rest Mode on or off, the automatic alerts make it easy for you to stay on top of your health.

Rest Mode Adjusts Your Insights To Prioritize Recovery

Turning on Rest Mode triggers changes in your Sleep and Readiness messages to prioritize recovery guidance. Rest Mode also adjusts your Readiness score to emphasize recovery-related metrics (RHR, HRV balance, recovery index, body temperature and previous night sleep metrics) while deprioritizing your activity contributors.

Rest Mode Snoozes Your Activity

Rest Mode disables your Activity score, activity goals, and all related contributors to remove any pressure to be active while you are focused on rebounding. While it can still be helpful to move around while you’re recovering, you can listen to your body’s needs in the moment rather than focusing on meeting a goal.

How Can You Use This Feature?

Follow the steps below:

  1. Turning it on: Rest Mode can be toggled on or off manually using the hamburger menu in the top left-hand corner of the home screen or automatically by tapping the Rest Mode notification on the home screen when you are prompted.

2. Tagging your symptoms: For every day that Rest Mode is turned on, you’ll be prompted to add tags that best describe your condition. Each day that you continue in Rest Mode, you’ll receive a message asking if the tags are still relevant so you can better track your health over time using Trends.

3. Using your insights for recovery: While Rest Mode is turned on, you’ll see changes in your Sleep and Readiness insights alongside your Activity tab being snoozed.

4. Turning off Rest Mode: When you’re done with Rest Mode, you can turn it off by using the hamburger menu in the top left-hand corner of the home screen or by tapping the “Rest Mode Is On” banner at the bottom of your screen. Your Oura insights and Readiness score will gradually return to normal, allowing you to recover. Your Activity score, activity goal, and contributors will ramp back up faster or slower, depending on how many days you spent in Rest Mode.

5. Looking back at your data, you’ll now see a new Rest Mode notification bar on the bottom of the screen which reminds you that Rest Mode was turned on for those days.

Examples of Using Rest Mode

Rest Mode can be used for a wide range of experiences. Here are a few key examples:

When You’re Feeling Sick:

  • “I had such a headache this morning even though my Readiness was in the 80s. I’m using Rest Mode to focus on rebounding today.” – Lauren
  • “Oura flagged that my temperature was elevated and I’m definitely feeling under the weather. Time to take it easy.” – Matt

When You’re Taking A Rest Day:

  • “My muscles are still sore from yesterday’s workout, I want to take the day off from training.” – Josh
  • “I want my vacation to be about a different kind of calorie goal! Bring on the pizza.” – Jess
  • “I have a long flight today and don’t want to feel pressured by my activity goal when I land.” – Janne

When You’re Resting An Injury: 

  • “I sprained my ankle and even though my Readiness is good right now, I want to snooze my activity notifications so Oura doesn’t encourage me to “Go Big!” while I heal on the couch.” – Luke

When You’re Monitoring Long-Term Illness:

  • “I’m monitoring my Lyme disease flare ups and I prefer not to have activity goals when I’m focusing on recovery. Using Rest Mode and tags helps me see what’s working or not while I’m exploring different care strategies.” – Alexis


Oura ring products and services are not medical devices, and are not intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, cure or diagnose any disease or condition. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult your doctor.