WHAT A NOVEL IDEA.
a) simplest possible Fitbit
b) Corsense HRV monitor (fingertip)
The fitbit was fun in a gamey kind of way- - it was constantly reminding me MORE STEPS. MOVE EVERY HOUR. And it was good for keeping a daily water log- it helped me renew my commitment to Sufficient Afternoon Hydration. But it kept reminding me to move even when I was exhausted.
The Corsense was okay but it kept telling me my HRV was decent even when I felt cruddy. Also the software link with my phone was not great and apparently I have terrible circulation in my fingers so the reading sometimes took a long time or didn't work.
Then I realized Price of Fitbit+ Corsense= almost an Oura and I was within return window so I sent them both back and ordered OURA instead.
OURA, 1 Week In:
1. 1 thing is easier to deal with than 2 things
2. Oura readiness scores are a lot more sensitive than readiness scores based on HRV alone.
For example, this morning my READINESS score is still good but my core temp dropped which is an alert. I feel so tired I'm cutting back and cancelling my plans for the morning. I would have felt that anyway but it's interesting to see it track with 1 of the various Oura biomarkers.
3. OURA gives you all this interesting sleep data. I don't have enough baseline established to really do anything with it besides marvel. Wow are we complicated or what. Also it's interesting that Oura thinks I have decent sleep when I don't think that.
I don't have enough of a baseline for more than that yet but so far this is a good switch.