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How Does Autonomic Nervous System Affect Health?

If you’ve been following my blog, you may already know that I’m very keen on learning about and improving my HRV through a continuous HRV monitoring. Why focus on HRV, you may ask.

It seems intuitive that autonomic nervous system (ANS), that regulates body’s vital functions like breathing, temperature and digestion, affects the rest of our body. But in which ways does it affect the body’s overall health? Does low HRV (dominant sympathetic nervous system) affect the immune system and how? Keep reading, if you, like me, have ever wondered these questions.

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Try this one thing to improve your HRV instantly

After posting my first article about continuous HRV monitoring with Lief, my journey to improve HRV continues. Today, Lief is an indispensable part of my lifestyle and attaching it on my chest is one of the first things I do every morning. Seeing live impacts of an action, a habit, an event etc. on my HRV when they’re happening is so powerful, allowing me to fine tune various aspects of my lifestyle in order to improve HRV.

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Is standing workstation hurting Heart Rate Variability? How to improve HRV with continuous HRV monitoring

When my acupuncturist asked how my stress level was, my sincere answer used to be: “Not particularly stressed. My job is a deskwork writing emails and such. It’s not that stressful”. Little did I know!

After I started wearing my Oura ring, the most surprising findings were my deep sleep and very low nighttime HRV. (You can read my experience with hydrogen water that dramatically improved my deep sleep here.) Most of the nights my HRV was below 20, even I wasn’t training hard or facing a noticeable stress. Stress management should be #1 priority for anyone interested in hacking their health, and so I decided to dig deeper.