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On a daily basis, we encounter situations that elicit a stress response from our body.  These stress responses are normal and help us navigate the situations.  However, prolonged periods of stress without sufficient recovery can lead to serious overload and exhaustion.  

Utilizing unique, heart rate variability analysis, we can highlight insufficient recovery levels before they become a serious problem.  

What is Heart Rate Variability?

The heart is continuously adjusted by the autonomic nervous system in order to meet the demands of life, resulting in variations in times between each heartbeat.  Heart rate variability (HRV) means the variation in time between consecutive heartbeats.  It is universally accepted as a non-invasive marker of autonomic nervous system activity.  

A variety of physiological factors affect HRV, including:

  • Inhalation and exhalation, control of breathing
  • Autonomic Nervous System adjustments
  • Hormonal reactions
  • Metabolic processes and energy expenditure
  • Physical activity, exercise and recovery from physical activity
  • Movements and changes in posture
  • Cognitive processes and mental load
  • Stress & emotional reactions and relaxation

Heart rate variability increases during relaxing activities and decreases during stress.  HRV changes from day to day based on activity levels and amount of work-related stress.  In addition to these external stress factors, internal stress factors cause variation in daily HRV levels.  These include poor nutrition, alcohol, illness, etc.

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How Does the Stress Response Test Work:

  1. Measure: Physiological snapshot of daily life
  2. Analyze the Data: Identify factors that affect well-being and performance
  3. Find Balance: Improve stress management, sleep quality and exercise

Using unique HRV software, a calculation occurs to determine a reliable individual baseline for each person using oxygen uptake, respiration and energy expenditure.  A journal is kept during the measurement process of key events to connect these events to the analysis report.  

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In the report, a stress state signifies sympathetic nervous system dominance and includes positive and negative stress reactions.  Recovery occurs with parasympathetic nervous system dominance. The ultimate goal of The Stress Response Test is to find a balance between stressors such as workload, family demands, intensive exercise, heavy training load, travel and busyness with sufficient recovery and sleep. Stress cannot be eliminated because it’s a natural occurring process and allows us to function. But offsetting these stress responses will help your body better function.  

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