In our times, it’s very common for people to have difficulties either falling or staying asleep. The struggle to get a good night’s sleep is real, and it’s affecting every aspect of our lives. Over the years, different “strategies” have been promoted, such as giving up caffeine and alcohol, waking up before sunrise, exercising in the evening and more. But for some, the problem persists even after making all these adjustments.
There is hope though, and it comes in the form of a headband. Julie Bort, writing for the Business Insider, swears by a device that helps her meditate for 12 minutes right before she goes to sleep. The brain sensing-device is called Muse, and it works by measuring electroencephalogram (EEG) brain waves, as to detect the electrical activity in your brain through sensors.
Meditation has long been praised for its health benefits, such as reducing our stress levels and improving our focus, as well as a boosting our ability to connect to others and empathize.
Bort explains that Muse “can detect five types of brainwaves: delta waves of deep sleep; theta waves during drowsiness, light sleep, and visualization; alpha waves during wakeful relaxation; beta waves during alert activity and problem-solving; gamma waves during higher mental activity like consolidating information”.
After carefully placing the sensors on your head, you must complete an exercise thinking about objects in a list. The device then measures how often you get distracted by thoughts, how often you get calm again, and how many birds you hear, and then gives you points and badges every day you use it.
The only downside is that the device is by no means cheap, it costs up to $300. You can, however, share it with more people.