Are Wearable Stress Trackers Worth the Money?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

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The Claim: Wearable trackers pick up on your reactions to stress, such as rapid breathing or sweaty hands, and help you calm down via guided meditations or biofeedback.

Oz Says: It was only a matter of time before the tech industry got interested in reducing tension. But I wouldn't put money on these gizmos yet. We don't know how reliable they are at picking up stress signals or interpreting them, says UCLA stress researcher George Slavich, PhD. For one thing, they can't tell happy stress (watching your team win) from the negative kind (deadline in three minutes!) — both can bring on quicker breaths and clammy hands. Is it useful to know when pressure is kicking up or how to calm it down? Of course! But you don't need to spend $100 or more for a tracker's help. Once every hour or so, check in with your body. If it's tense, take three deep breaths — just inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth.

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The Verdict: Skip It

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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