Wearable to train the nervous system
Finally I’ve received the Apollo Neuro wearable. It is a device, which comes in a wrist watch form factor. It can be worn at the wrist or at the ankle. I wear it at the ankle, as this is the recommended way of using it. The device is not particularly pretty. Some say it looks like an electronic tag used to monitor criminals but it’s not that bad.
The purpose of the Apollo Neuro is to distribute sound waves via touch in order to stimulate the autonomic nervous system. By this, the “rest and digest” response of the parasympathetic nervous system is triggered. This signals safety to the brain and hence restores balance.
Over the long run, Apollo Neuro is supposed to train the nervous system so that one is able to bounce back from stress faster. Furthermore the resting heart rate (RHR), heart rate variability (HRV), time to fall asleep and general sleep quality may be improved.
Apollo Neuro is not particularly cheap ($349) and it doesn’t offer any biometrics. Means you need another device like the Oura ring to track your RHR, HRV and sleep.
To be honest, I’m skeptical if this device really works but I’ve decided to give it a try since it is the only wearable I know of that can train the nervous system and improve HRV. The package comes with a detailed recommendation on how to use the Apollo Neuro for best results. I’ve used it for one day and followed their recommendation precisely.
After only one day of usage, I’m not in the position to review the device and I won’t make any statements like “After I used it I felt X”. I’ll try it for 30 days and monitor the biometric data from my Oura ring before drawing any conclusion. Btw, another cool thing is that they partner with Oura on a sleep study. I volunteered to participate in the study as I’m highly interested in finding out first hand to what extend Apollo Neuro can improve my sleep.
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