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Wearables & Lifestyle: Wearables & Stress

Hristov, S.H. (2023) Wearables & Lifestyle: Wearables & Stress.

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Abstract:Wearables are becoming increasingly popular and highly accessible with their developers and producers coming up with more and more functionalities, many of which are related to bodily functions. Some of these bodily functions (heart rate variability, skin conductance, sleep) have been proven scientifically to indicate stress. Since mental stress is one thing scientists and media have drawn attention to lately, it is intriguing to explore how wearables could be used to gather data of known stress indicators. The current research project investigates how self-reported mental stress and self-reported satisfaction with sleep can be related to RMSSD and sleep metrics, measured with a Fitbit Sense wearable. Results show that more in-depth knowledge is needed about wearables’ functionality, that to understand sleep quality and mental stress people (users) should be more involved in the process and that RMSSD shows promising potential to be used for integration with mental stress.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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