As our lives become busier and busier, stress will continue to play an increased role in our day-to-day routines. Stress can have an impact both physically and mentally, and while a little stress can be healthy (after all, it is the body indicating that some sort of action has to be taken), prolonged levels of high stress have been found to aggravate existing unhealthy conditions, as well as cause entirely new ones. This is why it’s more important than ever before that consumers have the ability manage and track their stress through the use of ECG biosensors—providing device manufacturers with an incredible opportunity to develop in-demand and life-changing products. In this post, we’re going to take a look at the impact that high levels of stress can have on consumers, and how OEMs can create wearables and other mobile devices that help them live happier, healthier lives by managing their stress and tracking progress.
The Cost of Stress
Not only can prolonged levels of stress be physically and mentally draining for individuals, they can also be financially draining on a large scale. As a matter of fact, it is estimated that the US economy alone loses over $300,000,000,000 annually due to employee stress. Whether people are taking days off to deal with stressful situations, falling ill or falling behind on their daily schedules, stress is costing us all.
Fortunately, stress is something that can be tracked and managed effectively when wearable or mobile technology is equipped with NeuroSky’s ECG sensors. Tracking stress levels will help consumers better understand what is causing them stress, and whether their stress management techniques are helping them reduce their overall stress levels.
It is common knowledge that there are many healthy lifestyle choices, such as yoga, meditation, exercise, a proper diet, and more that can help consumers deal with stress. That said, there is no “one size fits all” solution. Thankfully, when your products make use of NeuroSky’s ECG biosensors and tracking biometrics, consumers can take steps towards effectively understanding and managing their stress.
ECG sensors track the heart rate (HR) and heart rate variability (HRV) of the wearer. This data is then run through NeuroSky’s algorithms to provide tangible, easy to understand data that can be used to make decisions on how to proceed in any given situation.
These sensors will alert a wearer of when their stress levels are rising, allowing them to make effective lifestyle choices to reduce stress. In addition, this data is tracked over longer periods of time, allowing users to gathering a better understanding of stress triggers in their lives. Over the long term, this data gives users the information they need to manage their stress levels and achieve a healthier lifestyle balance.
Stress plays a role in all of our lives, there’s no denying that. What’s important is how we react to it and deal with it. With ECG biosensors, consumers have the opportunity to track their stress levels, giving them access to the complete picture of where stress comes from in their lives. By tracking stress levels, as well as making smart lifestyle choices, consumers can confidently manage their stress, providing immeasurable benefits to friends, family, co-workers, and themselves.
For more information on how to manage stress and track progress with ECG sensors, download the free whitepaper, Enabling Accurate and Reliable Stress-level Measurements with ECG Technologies.