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Muse 2 Headband Review

Review: Muse 2 Brain-Sensing Headband for Meditation

Muse 2 Headband Review .

 

First launched in 2014, Muse has produced three bands so far, which are designed to monitor data on your body and your brain while meditating. The Muse 2 is a headband that contains a number of sensors, so users can see live feedback about brain activity, heart rate, and breathing, all of which are d

esigned to assist you with maintaining a consistent meditation practice. The latest wearable for muse meditation is the EEG device used to monitor and interpret brain activity as you meditate. 

 Brainwave Metrics

Museā„¢ EEG-Powered Meditation & Sleep Headband

After every session, you will see how well you did via a number of graphs and charts within the Muse app. Each session ends with a prompt to record your

emotions and journals in the Muse app, as well as an overview of the progress you have made. When you begin your first meditation session, the Muse app is likely to prompt you to go through a short calibration process to set your baseline brainwaves and heartbeat.

You will run the calibration process prior to each meditation session to ensure that your Muse 2 headphones are really recording your brain activity. Then, the Muse app tells you to adjust the headset (put the ends on top of your ears, as in glasses, and let the metallic brain-sensing strips sit flat on your forehead) as the thing calibrates itself, taking a snapshot of your brain. Essentially, the Muse Brain Sensing Headband allows us to see what is going on in our brains, then helps us to change the brain states into those of deep meditation. Every week, the Muse app asks me whether or not I want to increase my total minutes spent in meditation for that week. 

I have been using Muse for a couple months now, and I can tell you I am feeling and sleeping better on days I put a few minutes into my meditation. I feel much more focused while meditating, and I end up feeling more relaxed and drowsy if I use my Muse 2 headphones before I go to sleep. I was also surprised by how much better weather sounds brought me back to focus when my mind was wandering, and could certainly see using Muses long-term helping to train the brain to get better at meditation. 

Advanced Biometrics

I’m also a bit of a nerd for biometric data, which is why the following feature delighted me. The Muse 2 is an excellent way for researchers to monitor what is going on in the brain of the study subject and take data. The Muse Monitoring App allows recording the raw data in your Dropbox account, then using the Web-based Graphing Tool on their site, or using Microsoft Excel to plot the data. I had to include this in my Muse 2 Headband Review, even though there are only a few who will get into this. If you do, please comment below and let me know.

 

Calibration is one aspect of the earlier Muse devices that could get a little temperamental, particularly with the heart-rate monitor. The Body Meditation Mode uses accelerometers, similar to the ones found on smartphones and wearables such as the Oura Ring (which I also own), to gauge how still a user can hold his or her body throughout a session. As part of my Muse 2 Headband Review, that the device is a bit finicky, but once properly adjusted to your head, the readings were constant; just have to learn as you go, as with anything.

When I do meditate, which is not often enough, it is easier to just play with one of the popular mindfulness apps, or simply close my eyes, and practice chanting (OM), or simply count my breath. Still, this device is great for me when I am simply working at my desk. The EEG combined with background mediation music, which responds to my mind, helps me learn what it feels like to be in the brainwave states that are most conducive to real focus. If you are like me, my mind can become a bit scattered because of the sensory overload of my job. Tons of tabs open, emails, messages, websites, random tasks; its a burden to the mind and we slowly lose focus. The MUSE 2 allows me to feel the brainwaves of focus, and empowers me to guide my mind back to those waves on its own; SUCH A POWERFUL TOOL. 

While I’m sure the device wasn’t intended to sit and work with, that is in fact what I’ve done with it mostly. Thought the sessions are calm because my focus is on keeping the EEG responsive background music playing in a way that “calm” and causes “birds to chirp” or other various indications that you are on the right track. 

Where to find the Muse 2 Headband?

Thank you for reading my Muse 2 headband review

If you are interested in trying the device, order on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3MjTSO8

 

 

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