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The day I turned 30, my back started to ache. And this feeling of discomfort isn’t just going to magically disappear.

If you are like me, looking for a little help, keep reading.

If I indulge in a night out, having pasta and a glass of red wine (or 3), I now feel the effects for the entire following day. And that feeling isn’t great at all. My eyesight feels compromised, my productivity levels are halved, and my focus gets replaced by a ‘goldfish-like’ state making my brain constantly seek distraction. My HRV curve looks like a rollercoaster and my…


Last week I started a new role.

Let’s start with Why?

In September 2020 I passed out on the bathroom floor.
After 13 doctor visits, it turned out that technically there was nothing wrong with me.
I wrote all about it here: Does my success come at the expense of my health?

It was then, that I decided to turn my life around. After all running a startup used by millions of users won’t matter without good health.

My goal: To become the fittest and healthiest I’ve ever been.

I started optimizing my sleep with the help of the Oura…


Here are 35 things you can do to sleep better. This list was compiled from a survey in a Facebook group where participants tracked results with the Oura Ring. Users were asked to only make recommendations based on consistent and significant changes. This means there had to be a notable improvement measured over a period of time and not just one night’s sleep, and if the particular supplement or activity was stopped, the results would reflect that change.

The order of the list is based on the number of people that found the recommendation effective, so number 1 was useful…


My team and I are developing an ai sleep coach called Circles that works with the Oura Ring and are looking into what helps people sleep better.

If you’d like to follow our progress with Circles, keep an eye on my Medium and Twitter feed! I’ll also be sharing my experience of On Deck Health 1 that I am a part of right now, and also my Ship 30 for 30 challenge I am doing this month!

A great resource for anyone looking to improve their sleep is a wonderful community of Oura Ring users on Facebook, I found a…


We’ve been onboarding users to our Circles dashboard (that works with the Oura Ring) for about a month now. The process has taken time because we decided that I would personally onboard all users on a zoom call. You might be wondering, Why? Well, I believe face-to-face communication with users is invaluable, especially in the early stage we are in! We can take our product in many different directions, but the point is to make something people want to use. …


When I turn on my phone in the morning I receive a message with my Daily score and a simple follow up question. The daily score is made up of my Sleep and Readiness scores from my Oura Ring, and a “real feel” score that I entered. It’s one thing to sleep well, but to feel good is just as important! The follow up question from my ai sleep coach helps to identify patterns and allows me to create healthy new habits and kick unhelpful ones.

Man sitting on a bench using his mobile phone
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I’ve realised, by talking to over 100 Oura users, that everyone is truly unique…


I’ve been focusing on sleep and how tracking it helps me improve my overall health. Something that can help you sleep better is… breathing. We do it automatically all day, everyday. But by focussing on this action and by doing breathing exercises, you can experience a range of benefits, especially when it comes to sleep. My team and I are doing a “Breathing Challenge” this month and will share how it goes! For now, let’s explore breathing…

Breathing for 20 minutes in the evening, guided by my Apple Watch

I recently got diagnosed with sports asthma and have started paying more attention to my breathing. I use the Oura Ring to track…


Getting those Z’s.

I’ve been in South Africa for the last few months (it was only meant to be a few weeks) and last week I was finally allowed to fly back to Vienna. Before flying out from Cape Town we spent the night in a hotel in one of my favourite places, Sea Point on the Atlantic seaboard. The hotel was great, I can’t complain about anything in particular but I had a terrible night’s sleep and my Oura stats the next morning didn’t surprise me:


All about sleep

We’ve spent many years working in tech and often at the expense of our health and well-being, which can happen to anyone working in any field. Life happens and we know we should be healthy but it doesn’t always translate into action. We challenged ourselves to work within the Health space, as a way to learn more about our own health and also empower others like us too. While unpacking Health and what it meant to us, we realised that we are all actually passionate about it. I’m on a mission to gain weight and manage my sports asthma. My…


I’ve written before about how my health was on a downward slope because I was “too busy” to pay attention to it. You can read about it here. The first step I took to regain my well-being (I like to use this word as a combination of physical, mental and emotional health) was to buy an Oura Ring. It’s essentially a sleep tracker in the discreet form of a ring that you wear on your finger. I love tech and was really excited to dive into the data!

I wasn’t experiencing any sleep problems in particular so you might think…

Peter Buchroithner

Partner @ Gateway Labs - Building something new for your health

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