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HeartMath EmWave 2 for sleep improvement

Answered on March 30, 2015
Created September 12, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Has anybody personally tried HeartMath EmWave 2 for sleep improvement. Dave Asprey claims that it helps him to get much higher quality sleep (better recovery with less hours).

http://www.heartmathstore.com/item/6310/emwave2&source=heartmath-footer&kw=emwave2

Scam or real thing?

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on September 13, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Re the doing it yourself, yes, you absolutely can do it yourself. The Emwave device is a feedback device, it isn't doing anything itself to help you achieve coherence. That said, it has helped me tremendously as far as sustaining an ongoing practice ... the geek in me finds that feedback important in being able to sit for more than a minute or two. Otherwise, my monkey mind goes berserk ;).

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on September 13, 2011
at 02:15 PM

I cannot point to any major change in sleep as a result of using the EmWave systems. I've seen some minor improvement in sleep, but I've attributed that to diet changes more than anything else. But part of my sleep issues are as a result of some ongoing sciatica, so I may not be a good person to judge the results.

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at 08:39 AM

Thank you very much for this description. It certainly sounds like a meditation and like something you can do by yourself or maybe using mp3s. But have you noticed any reduction in sleep hours resulting from it? Nothing like 4 hours & feeling great that Asprey talks about I suppose? :)

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on September 12, 2011
at 12:13 PM

I don't have the EmWave 2, but I have both the EmWave desktop and the original EmWave PSR (the little unit ... only difference from EM2 is that the EM1 doesn't upload your data).

I like Dave a lot, but he is now an authorized reseller of Heartmath's stuff, so you need to take his promotion of their products with a grain of salt.

That said, I do think the HeartMath products are great tools and have used them regularly since the beginning of the year.

The process is that you breathe deeply, focus on the heart, and then bring to mind images that bring you joy. As your HRV reaches the desire state (what they call "coherence" (I suspect a switch from sympathetic to parasympathetic mode is involved) light moves from red (no coherence) to blue (some coherence) to green (high coherence). One slightly annoying feature is that your coherence is not displayed real-time, so sometimes you'll be in the red for many seconds after you've really gotten back into the swing of things.

My current favorite way to do HeartMath is to listen to classical music and view Flickr slideshows of relevant images (nature, babies, and so on). I try to do this twice a day (in the AM and in the late PM). Me, I mostly focus on the breathing deeply part. The other is a bit woo for me, though I think it's important to be able to do this unassisted ... so I may work on this more in the future.

They don't call it meditation, but I like to think of it as assisted meditation. I suspect that doing this for 15 or 20 minutes before bed would help with sleep. I also think that it would help with overall stress management (reduce cortisol etc).

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on September 13, 2011
at 02:15 PM

I cannot point to any major change in sleep as a result of using the EmWave systems. I've seen some minor improvement in sleep, but I've attributed that to diet changes more than anything else. But part of my sleep issues are as a result of some ongoing sciatica, so I may not be a good person to judge the results.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on September 13, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Re the doing it yourself, yes, you absolutely can do it yourself. The Emwave device is a feedback device, it isn't doing anything itself to help you achieve coherence. That said, it has helped me tremendously as far as sustaining an ongoing practice ... the geek in me finds that feedback important in being able to sit for more than a minute or two. Otherwise, my monkey mind goes berserk ;).

B121fdbc1aaa6130f5bda3bf84e3ba2d

(952)

on September 13, 2011
at 08:39 AM

Thank you very much for this description. It certainly sounds like a meditation and like something you can do by yourself or maybe using mp3s. But have you noticed any reduction in sleep hours resulting from it? Nothing like 4 hours & feeling great that Asprey talks about I suppose? :)

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on March 30, 2015
at 12:50 PM

I'm a big fan of the emWave2, but one thing it doesn't necessary help me with is sleep quality. It tends to energize me with a relaxing calm, rather than make me sleepy. At first I was rather tired using it, but over time it's really trained me to have more mental energy. Now, does it help me sleep later on in the day when I use it earlier. I'm not positive...but I do find my mind racing less at night. That does help a bit.

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