How to interpret Moodmetric data

The Moodmetric app is simple to use and informative. The two main views of the app give at a glance a good overview of the fluctuation of stress levels.


Moodmetric / Services / You / Interpreting the Moodmetric data

1. Real-time view

Mobiilisovelluksen reaaliaikanäkymä
Mobiilisovelluksen reaaliaikanäkymässä voit tarkastella stressitason vaihtelua asteikolla 1-100 (MM-level). Mitä korkeampi lukema, sitä korkeampi virittyneisyys. Moodmetric-älysormus mittaa sympaattisen hermoston aktiivisuutta.

Check your stress level in real time

The real-time view of the Moodmetric app allows you to observe the fluctuations of your stress levels on a scale of 1-100 (MM level). The higher the number, the higher your stress level. The Moodmetric smart ring measures the activation of your sympathetic nervous system. High activation of the sympathetic nervous system tells about the so-called fight-or-flight reaction. Read more here >>

It is normal that stress levels fluctuate a lot during the day. You don’t need to try to maintain a certain stress level all the time.

Poor sense of control, multitasking, social interaction and exhilaration often contribute to high levels of stress.

High stress levels are not always experienced as clear sensations.For example, cognitive stress may not manifest itself as an intense sensation even though your body is running at high speed.

A sense of being in control and engrossed in work often shows up as moderate, even low stress levels. Relaxation and a restful night’s sleep are clearly moments of low stress levels.

Personality traits can also explain the data. An introvert is often more sensitive than an extrovert to different stimuli.

If stress has already become chronic, stress levels may rise very easily regardless of the situation or activity.

Both positive and negative stress appear as high stress levels. Therefore it is important to be aware that your body needs to recover from excitement too.

The Moodmetric data is accurate and real-time. A new user might have a tendency to overinterpret sporadic measurement results. One sporadic and unexplained stress peak can be caused by many factors. Therefore, it is a good idea to collect several observations before making a general interpretation.
Moodmetric Measurement helps you to learn how your body reacts in different situations and what are the best ways for you to recover.

 

2. Day and night view

 

Daytime view from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and nighttime view from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. The clear visualization of data shows the stress peaks both during day and night, as well as the moments of relaxation. The closer the curve is to the outer circle the graph, the higher the stress level. During waking hours it is normal for stress levels to be higher. Even intense fluctuation of stress levels is normal.

Stress load should be higher during the waking hours

Daytime view from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and nighttime view from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.

The clear visualization of data shows the stress peaks both during day and night, as well as the moments of relaxation. The closer the curve is to the outer circle the graph, the higher the stress level. During waking hours it is normal for stress levels to be higher. Even intense fluctuation of stress levels is normal.

Stress levels should come down notably during sleep.

Stress levels becoming lower is an indication that recovery is taking place.

Significant stress peaks during sleep are worth further study. Your body might be reacting to other people sleeping in the same room, bedroom temperature, or, for example, heavy exercise the previous night. Alcohol or a heavy meal right before going to bed might affect negatively your body’s recovery at night. Sometimes daily activities or worries at work disturb sleep as the mind is trying to deal with them when you are asleep. The longer you measure, the more you’ll learn about yourself.

If stress levels are continuously higher during nighttime in comparison to daytime levels, there is not a balance between recovery and load. In such cases, low stress levels during the day are an indication of tiredness, not relaxation and thus recovery.

There is a lot of variation between individuals on how low stress levels go during sleep. It may well be that as a sleeper someone is more likely to react to changes in the environment than someone who ‘sleeps like a log’. Therefore a typically good night for one is bad for another.

There is no need to worry about occasional bad nights. We all sleep poorly every now and then.

3. Moodmetric daily average

Moodmetric-vuorokausikeskiarvo näkyy sovelluksen päivä- ja yönäkymän vasemmassa alareunassa.
The Moodmetric daily average (MM level avg) is the most important single reading to follow. It tells about the balance of your autonomic nervous system according to the past 24 hours.

The goal is a balance of stress and recovery

The Moodmetric daily average (MM level avg) is the most important single reading to follow. It tells about the balance of your autonomic nervous system according to the past 24 hours. When the daily average is 50, the autonomic nervous system is in balance. There is enough recovery in relation to the stress. A healthy person’s stress levels are higher during waking hours and nighttime is a distinctly recuperative period.

Please note that the Moodmetric daily average does not correspond to a calendar day.

The Moodmetric daily average is calculated from the data on the daytime and nighttime views in the Moodmetric app. Calculation of the Moodmetric daily average starts from 6 a.m. and ends at 6 a.m. the next morning.

46-50

The autonomic nervous system is in balance: there is enough recovery in relation to stress. It is also important to examine how the load is divided. For a healthy person the stress load should be higher during waking hours and nighttime should be clearly a period of recovery.

51-55

The Moodmetric daily average is elevated. Having a raised Moodmetric daily average consistently can be a sign of chronic stress. There is not enough recovery happening in relation to stress. It is time to pause and consider ways in which to bring the daily average closer to 50. Often simply paying more attention to the quality of sleep is the key to a balanced autonomic nervous system.

56 or over

The Moodmetric daily average is significantly elevated and stress has become chronic. When the Moodmetric daily average is constantly this high, the individual probably notices the signs themselves too. The person is heading towards overdrive or is already there. There is not enough recovery in relation to stress. Typically the quality of sleep has become worse too.

Exceptionally low Moodmetric daily averages are rare. If the Moodmetric daily average is constantly under 40 and the person isn’t feeling well, a physician should be contacted.

It is recommended that you do at least a two week measurement period before you draw conclusions about chronic stress. You can check your Moodmetric daily average on the monthly view on the Moodmetric app.

To reflect

  • Have you tried how 30 minutes or an hour of more sleep affects your Moodmetric daily average?
  • Have you noticed how energized you are, positive or changes in general mood after those days when you have reached 50 or under?
  • If your Moodmetric daily average is constantly over 50, do you find yourself more irritable or anxious? Are you unable to focus?