The Apollo wearable is one of those devices we test that just seems too good to be true. I am happy to report that we were 100% wrong; this small wearable is amazing. It improves my ability to focus, to relax, and, most importantly to me, it improves the quality of my sleep. The Apollo wearable, as we discussed in our first article about it, uses subtle vibrations to positively impact our nervous system, similar to the way music affects us. Music can make you chill out, help you focus, or put an extra pep in your step — just like the Apollo wearable.
My day with the Apollo wearable begins when I wake up. Having used it during the night to help me fall asleep and stay asleep, I make sure it is charged for the day to come. By the time I have brushed my teeth and washed my face, my favorite wearable is fully charged. I set it to Energy for 15 minutes at 20%. I wear it on my left wrist with the buttons facing towards my hand, although other people I know wear it on their ankle or on a clip next to the collarbone. During the day, I use Social mode for meetings and right now I am using Focus mode as I write this. I find Focus mode extremely helpful for keeping me on track during the day.
After the gym, I use Recover mode for about 30 minutes which is tremendously helpful to get me back down from that high sympathetic state of exercise excitement into a calmer, recovering parasympathetic state. After dinner, I’ll begin my evening with Unwind mode, then, 15 minutes before I want to go to sleep, I’ll start Fall Asleep mode. In general, I keep the vibration level low, similar to the level of a background hum. It feels nice and soothing — if it’s distracting, just turn the intensity down until you can just barely feel it. I usually set Fall Asleep Vibe for 30 minutes and start it a few minutes before I want to begin sleeping. If I wake in the night to use the bathroom, I’ll press the two buttons on the side of the device to replay the most recently played Vibe (Fall Asleep) so I can get back to sleep quickly without looking at a screen. This ability to put me back to sleep is alone worth the price of the device.
That there is an intervention like this, which is clinically proven by multiple double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover clinical studies to help a wide range of people with everything from focus, reducing stress, increasing learning, and even PTSD, that is not a pharmaceutical and with no unwanted effects that I know of, is simply amazing. Anyone I know who has tried it, including the highly informed people on my scientific board, believe it to be a powerful advancement in our ability to modulate our moods and the state of our central nervous system. The Apollo wearable has already sold tens of thousands of devices worldwide with tremendous success.