Moment sessions are a great way to explore how different practices, like meditation or breathing techniques, impact your body. While scientific research can help inspire ideas for you to investigate, the frontier of health is discovering your body’s unique patterns for yourself.
To further promote personal discovery, Oura has added skin temperature variation to Moment. So take a Moment, and let the exploration begin!
With Moment sessions lasting 5 minutes or longer, you now have access to a limited daytime skin temperature variation trend line.
Keep in mind that temperature is a complex measurement and should be interpreted carefully:
Before interpreting your temperature, you can read more about skin temperature vs. core here.
When used together with other session data, skin temperature variation can help you see how relaxed your body was during your Moment session.
Skin temperature is highly sensitive and can be impacted by factors outside your control (genetics, hormones, etc.) as well as factors that you can control (prior activities, workouts, cold or hot drinks, food, caffeine, etc.). It’s important to interpret your temperature changes with that context in mind.
Here are some patterns to look for:
Oura’s Science Team ran an experiment with masters students from the University of Oulu where 10 Oura Ring users were exposed to a series of relaxing or stress-inducing stimuli. The researchers found a clear pattern of temperature changes in response to stress and relaxation:
They noted that short delays (1-2 min) in skin temperature changes occurred as they switched between tasks and that environmental factors (like room temperature) could alter responses.
Below is an example of one participant who went through a series of tasks that showed a clear pattern of increasing temperature during relaxation (meditation) and decreasing temperature during stressors (loud noise, putting their non-ring hand in cold water, and mental calculations).
Individual users have also shared insights from their Moment sessions.
The following are true stories taken from users who chose to share their experiences. We’ve changed their names to respect their privacy.
“I began meditating recently. At first, I couldn’t shake the impatience I felt during my guided sessions. But after a week of practicing, I noticed a significant change in my sleep quality. On top of that, I noticed an interesting increase in my skin temperature at the end of my practice.
What a cool feature! I’ve begun recommending the practice to friends, family. Simply a game-changer!” – Derek
“I just started doing float tanks this year – the sensory deprivation epsom salt tanks. I try to clear my mind when I’m in there and I thought this Moment was really interesting.
You can tell right at the start that I dropped into ‘the zone’ mentally: my heart rate lowered and my temperature rose. Partway through tho, my excitement got the better of me and I lost a bit of focus. You can see the struggle in my heart rate and HRV but my temperature remained relatively stable.
I’m interested to see what happens after a few months of these!” – Carla
Oura ring products and services are not medical devices, and are not intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, cure or diagnose any disease or condition. Oura’s insights are suggestions based upon your data, and shouldn’t be substituted for medical advice or prevent you from taking a holistic view on your overall health. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult your doctor