Apollo Neuro co-founder, Dr. Dave Rabin MD, PhD, board-certified psychiatrist and neuroscientist shares how he uses Apollo personally (on the daily).
- The vibration should be noticeable and comfortable, but not distracting. Always start with the intensity low (where you just start to feel it) and increase from there gently. You wouldn’t start listening to your music with the volume at 100%, so think about Apollo’s sound waves in the same way, but for your skin instead of your ears.
- Tapping both buttons on the device one time will pause or restart the last mode you were using without having to open the app. You can do this anytime including if you wake up in the middle of the night and want to fall back asleep.
- Use Apollo as often as you like. You can’t hurt yourself by using it too much. The more frequently Apollo is used, the better the biometric improvements we have seen (particularly when consistently used to get the day started and before bed and with sleep). Using Apollo 3+ hours a day, 5+ days a week, during the day and night yields the best results.
- Starting with Apollo on the ankle as this tends to get the best results. There are two straps of different sizes in the box. The ankle is always better when using Apollo for sleep. Use comfort as your guide. It should be snug, but not tight and it should feel soothing to the touch.
Using Apollo intentionally
Align your Apollo mode with your desired goal. Apollo is particularly great for transitions throughout the day such as waking up, falling asleep, going from work to family time, and from stress to meditation.
Waking up in the morning:
Start the morning with Clear & Focused around 20% intensity for 30-60 minutes. Clear and Focused in the morning is Dr. Dave’s personal go-to. For a very gentle wake up, try Rebuild and Recover starting at 30% intensity.
If you’re really tired, set Apollo to Energy and Wake up with a starting intensity of 10-20% for 15 minutes. This mode is also a favorite for pre-workout and to reduce the need for so much caffeine during the day.
Finding focus in the late morning into the afternoon:
Set Apollo to Clear and Focused starting at 20% for 15-60 minutes – Continue with this mode as needed throughout the day to keep your energy up and your head clear. People have told us that this mode also works really well for relieving headaches and nausea as well.
For creative work or socializing:
For clear creative work or social flow (like socializing with friends, family, or colleagues when you’re tired after work), use Social and Open starting at 30-40% from 30-60 minutes.
Bouncing back from intense stress of any kind (ie. physical/mental/emotional):
Set Apollo to Rebuild and Recover starting at 30% for 5-30 minutes.
Recovering after a physical workout:
Set Apollo to Rebuild and Recover starting around 30% for 5-30 minutes to improve recovery. This mode also improves recovery within just 2-3 minutes of use in between sets in interval training.
Unwinding for the evening or meditating:
Set Apollo to Meditation and Mindfulness mode starting at 35% for 15-60 minutes for a calm flow state, to deepen meditations, to reduce restlessness, or for aches and pains.
For intimacy and connection:
For deep relaxation or for building connection and intimacy with a loved one, try Relax and Unwind on the ankle starting at 40-50% for 15-30 minutes.
For a good night’s sleep:
Before bed, make sure your Apollo is on your ankle and set it to Relax and Unwind starting at 40-50% for 15-60 minutes.
Once you're in bed, set Apollo to Sleep and Renew starting at 60% for 60 minutes.
If you wake in the middle of the night, you can click both buttons on the Apollo once at the same time to reactivate sleep mode to help you fall back asleep and decrease wakeful time in the middle of the night.
Notes from Dr. Dave:
Note 1: Apollo’s buttons are easiest to use when they are facing away from you.
Note 2: Apollo has ‘airplane mode’ that can be activated to turn off all radio communication from the device. Apollo can still be used with the buttons on the last selected settings when in airplane mode.
Note 3: It is normal for our bodies to become more sensitive to Apollo vibrations over time, at which point you may find that lower intensities work better and also result in extended battery life.