I’m here with Dr. Jay Wiles who is an international scientist, clinician, speaker, and subject matter expert on HRV and the interconnectedness between the stress and health performance and optimization. He is a clinical health and performance psychologist with board certification in heart rate variability biofeedback and peripheral biofeedback, and he works with a team of leading consultants in psychophysiology to help professionals, athletes, and teams, executives and high performers to increase their performance. He is also the co-founder and chief scientific officer of Hanu Health.
We go deep in this episode about what HRV is, myths and misconceptions about HRV and why HRV is not a normative comparison, but for self-comparison only. We also talk about the reason males typically have higher HRV, what to understand about the autonomic nervous system, the single greatest mechanism for improving HRV, and so much more. I learned a lot and I’m going to be checking out his new tool, Hanu Health, and I know you’ll learn a lot from this one too.
Episode Highlights With Dr. Jay Wiles
- How he got into health and wellness as a clinical psychologist
- What HRV is and why it is important to understand
- Why this is the single greatest proxy we have for accessing the autonomic nervous system and stress levels
- Common misconceptions about HRV
- The myth of “low” heart rate variability and how to keep this in perspective
- Why HRV is only a number of self comparison
- The reason males have a higher HRV typically than females and how height comes into play
- What to understand about the autonomic nervous system and stress
- The single greatest mechanism for improving HRV
- How to increase cardio respiratory fitness with two forms of movement specifically
- Temperature can affect HRV, and how to use this to your advantage
Resources We Mention
- Hanu Health
- Hanu Healh Podcast
- Oura Ring
- Huberman Lab Podcast with Andy Galpin
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
- Radical Candor by Kim Scott
- The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown
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