How to get the most out of your Apollo

How to get the most out of your Apollo

Apollo Neuro co-founder, Dr. David Rabin MD, PhD, board-certified psychiatrist and neuroscientist shares how he uses Apollo personally (on the daily) and with patients. 

Important notes to keep in mind:

  • 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. 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.
  • Pressing 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.
  • Recommend starting with Apollo on the ankle as this gets 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.
  • Use Apollo as often as you like. You can’t hurt yourself. The more frequently Apollo is used, the better the biometric improvements we have seen (particularly when consistently used before bed and with sleep).

Using Apollo intentionally

Align your Apollo mode with your desired goal. This is what we mean when using your Apollo intentionally. Apollo is particularly great for transitions throughout the day.

Waking up in the early morning

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. 

Alternatively, try starting the morning with Clear & Focused at the same intensity for 15-60 minutes. Clear and Focused in the morning is Dr. Dave’s personal go-to.

Finding focus in the late morning into the afternoon

Set Apollo to Clear and Focused at 20-50% 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 headaches.

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 at 30-70% from 30-60 minutes.

Bouncing back from intense emotional or mental stress

Set Apollo to Rebuild and Recover at 30-60% for 5-60 minutes. 

Recovering from a physical workout

Set Apollo to Rebuild and Recover at 30-60% for 5-60 minutes to improve recovery. This mode also improves recovery within just 2-3 minutes of use in between sets in interval training. Read more about how this improves your HRV and increases peak performance.

Unwinding for the evening

Set Apollo to Meditation and Mindfulness or Relax and Unwind mode for 40-80% for 15-60 minutes for a calm flow state, to reduce hypervigilance, or for aches and pains.

For a good sleep

Before bed, make sure your Apollo is on your ankle and set it to Relax and Unwind at 60-80% for 15-60 minutes. In bed, set Apollo to Sleep and Renew at 70% to start for 60 minutes.

If you wake in the middle of the night, press both buttons on the Apollo one time to reactivate sleep mode to help you fall back asleep and decrease wakeful time in the middle of the night.