Biofeedback - Heart Rate Variability
Heart rate variability (HRV) is measured as the time gap between your heart beats. When you inhale, your heart rate speeds up; when you exhale, it slows down. Research evidence increasingly links high HRV to good health and a high level of fitness, while decreased HRV is linked to stress, fatigue, and burnout.
The heart continually oscillates between acceleration and deceleration in a tug-of-war within the nervous system. Heart rate is controlled by pacemakers that create the heart’s rhythms. Thoughts, emotions, and experiences of the external world are tightly connected to the functioning of our nervous system, heart rhythm and breathing. The more flexible we are, the more capable we are of dealing with life’s inevitable stressors. This flexibility is reflected in our nervous system and can be measured, using HRV as an indicator. With the use of noninvasive monitors, HRV can be trained into patterns that lead individuals to feel calmer, less stressed, more energized and motivated.