We’ve written a few articles about Apollo Neuro, the company behind new wearable technology designed by neuroscientists and physicians to help improve your health by strengthening your nervous system. Multiple independent clinical trials (not financed by Apollo) have shown that the technology is effective and the benefits are numerous, including reduced stress and anxiety, better sleep quality, improved recovery, and enhanced focus and concentration. Let’s take a look at what the research has shown:
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
Apollo co-founder and chief innovation officer, Dr. David Rabin MD, PhD, has over 15 years of experience studying the effects of chronic stress on the body, including its impact on our sleep. In a study examining the Apollo wearable’s effect on sleep and cardiovascular function, the Apollo Neuroscience research team initiated a remote observational study to follow over 500 users’ sleep and cardiovascular metrics over two years.
Preliminary results have been incredibly promising. This far into the study, participants have seen a 19% average increase in deep sleep, 14% average increase in REM sleep, and 6% average increase in total sleep time — up to 30 extra minutes of sleep each night. The device’s effect on sleep quality has been notable enough to attract the attention of Dr. Michael Breus, aka The Sleep Doctor, a clinical psychologist and diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and recent addition to the Apollo Neuro Scientific Advisory Board.
Regarding the sleep study, Dr. Breus stated, “Having real clinical data on the Apollo with patients was really what convinced me to recommend the Apollo to my patients, family, and friends. The research is published in peer reviewed journals, which is the highest quality you would want for a device of this nature. Basically, I trust the device, the data, and the Apollo team with my and my patients’ health and sleep.”
Dr. Breus isn’t the only medical professional who’s impressed by Apollo’s ability to regulate sleep. Dr. Joseph C. Maroon MD, FACS, a clinical professor and the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers, also uses the Apollo wearable for better sleep.
Says Dr. Maroon, “There are many devices to measure your heart-rate variability (HRV) but the Apollo device is the only device I’m aware of that modulates heart-rate variability. At night, I put it on for 30 minutes and it calibrates my calmness and helps with sleep.”
Together with Dr. Joseph Maroon MD, FACS, Apollo Neuro also designed a study with nursing staff to measure whether Apollo could help reduce workplace stress and combat burnout. After only 14 days, the 11 subjects showed an average reduction in stress scores of over 40%. They also reported significant improvements in sleep, energy, mood, and focus.
Improved Athletic Recovery and Focus
A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial Dr. Rabin performed on the Apollo wearable was conducted on 22 healthy collegiate athletes at the University of Pittsburgh. Their biometrics and physical performance were measured before and after the exercise challenge, which tested the effects of Apollo vibrations on athletic recovery. The study found that Apollo vibrations increased heart rate variability (HRV) by roughly 11% within three minutes, which signified a much greater recovery from exercise compared to those without the Apollo wearable.
In addition to improved HRV, the Apollo wearable has had a remarkable effect on improving cognitive performance. In a study with 38 healthy subjects, they found not only a 10% average increase in HRV, but also up to 25% increase in focus and concentration.
Better Sleep Quality
The science behind the sleep benefits of the Apollo wearable is some of the most promising data shown by the new technology. The Apollo wearable’s efficacy has been validated in a number of independent and university-led trials with more studies in progress. Additionally, all studies are conducted by independent university investigators and researchers that have no financial relationship with Apollo Neuroscience, unless clearly stated otherwise by Apollo.
With seven clinical trials successfully completed and 14 more underway, we’re just beginning to see just how beneficial this technology can be.
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