The Muse S is a wearable that is designed to maintain you calm by way of meditation and the ability of neuroscience.
You could have heard of Muse earlier than – however the ‘S’ on this mannequin stands for sleep.
And in contrast to the Muse 2, which we reviewed in 2019, makers InteraXon now need to aid you sleep higher too.
It makes use of the identical EEG sensors to interpret your psychological exercise, however now provides the power to observe sleep.
The Muse S does not exchange the Muse 2, with the non-sleep monitoring choice nonetheless that can be purchased. These additional options do inevitably come at a larger value.
It is priced at £289.99 and can also be as accessible as bundle with a guided meditations subscription, which is available in at £316.98.
The Muse 2 as compared is available in at £209.99 with the same bundle on supply that sits slightly below £250.
With extra lockdowns to play havoc with our sleep time, it was the right time to place the Muse S to the check. Here is how we obtained on after we took it to mattress.
Muse S: Design and luxury
With the Muse S designed to be one thing you’d need to sleep with, it needed to transfer away from the inflexible look of its earlier iterations.
It is ditched the onerous plastic body for a gentle cloth headband with a module that magnetically clips into place and sits on the skin of the band in your brow. That cloth band is a large departure from the texture of carrying the Muse 2. Whereas the earlier design was good and lightweight, this look not solely feels extra snug, it ought to guarantee sensors are sat shut sufficient to the pores and skin to do their job correctly.
The material sits cosy on and across the sides of the top and there is the power to regulate the match across the again to get a tighter or looser match.
Within the headscarf lies the identical EEG sensors although the uncovered copper sensors are actually lined up and do not actually appear like sensors which can be going to faucet into your mind exercise.
Within the new removable module, there’s additionally accelerometer sensors to allow sleep monitoring and a gyroscope that is tied to monitoring your respiration. That is additionally the place you will discover the PPG sensor, which delivers coronary heart fee monitoring and pulse oximetry knowledge.
That module additionally homes the battery, which may ship as much as 10 hours of battery life and is charged by way of the built-in microUSB port. Which means you solely get one night time of use, earlier than it’s essential to recharge.
Elsewhere, there is a button to show the system on and a set of LED notification lights that point out when the headscarf is efficiently paired to your telephone and let you know how a lot battery life you’ve gotten left to play with.
To put on for mediation classes, now we have no actual points to report right here. The transfer to cloth is welcomed and there appears to be much less of the problems round ensuring the sensors are shut sufficient to the pores and skin to observe exercise.
The module does not weigh heavy both, but it surely undoubtedly must be smaller in our opinion. When it is clipped in, you may really feel it resting in your brow. It is does not relaxation heavy there, however you may discover it, which does make it somewhat questionable for very long time use throughout sleep.
Carrying it to sleep is one thing that does take getting used to. We had nights after we did not discover that module and others the place we simply wished that field was smaller and lighter.
Muse S: Setup and Muse app
The method of utilizing the Muse S is close to an identical to utilizing the Muse 2. There’s Bluetooth to pair the band to the companion app, which is on the market on Android and iOS. We spent our testing time with the Android model first however then switched to iOS, which supplied a extra dependable expertise.
The structure is essentially the identical as earlier than. Within the Meditate tab, you may decide from mediations based mostly on thoughts, coronary heart fee, physique and breath. There’s additionally guided meditations and programs with some samples accessible and fee required to entry your complete assortment.
Lastly, you’ve got obtained a fundamental timer choice the place you may decide the size of time you need to mediate for and the sound to accompany that point. Actually, you do not want the headscarf in any respect for these classes.
If you’ve picked your headband-centric meditation, you will have to calibrate the sensors with the app, which suggests protecting nonetheless to reliably decide up alerts. It is a side of earlier Muse units that may be a bit temperamental, particularly within the case of coronary heart fee monitoring. Although it appears offloading that sensor to the module has improved issues on that entrance.
One other side of the meditation course of that is value mentioning right here is headphones. You may play audio out of your telephone, however ideally having some really wi-fi headphones or alternatively pairing up your telephone with a speaker will make for a much more immersive expertise.
Muse S: Meditation and sleep options
When you’ve come to the Muse S for its meditation skills, properly, it is just about what you get on the Muse 2 is replicated right here. It is the identical soundscapes and workout routines so we cannot exhaustively go into big element right here.
Mainly, it is on the coronary heart of what Muse does and it is excellent at doing it.
Whether or not you are doing coronary heart fee based mostly classes or specializing in breath to clear your thoughts, it is a actually helpful wearable to make use of within the morning, however extra so for us, earlier than going to mattress. One factor we have observed that appears to have barely modified is the soundscape adjustment while you lose your focus or get distracted.
That soundscape change does not sound as harsh or jarring as earlier than, which did make some modes like thoughts meditations difficult to make use of for lengthy intervals if you happen to’re simply distracted.
It is actually all in regards to the introduction of devoted sleep options right here although. The brand new Sleep tab unlocks the power to trace your sleep utilizing the same sleep monitoring technique as most health trackers and smartwatches. It makes use of sleep-focused voice guides and soundscapes that get you within the sleeping temper.
When these are accomplished, it’ll proceed monitoring sleep till you need to manually cease it within the morning.
It information sleep phases, resting coronary heart fee, sleep place and stillness. You may get a sleep rating a bit such as you’ll now get from wrist-based sleep trackers and you may mark in your journal the way you felt while you awoke.
To check the accuracy, we put it up towards the Fitbit Sense, which we take into account one of the dependable wrist-based sleep displays. What we discovered usually is that sleep scores had been comparable as had been the breakdown of sleep phases. Resting coronary heart fee appeared somewhat greater on the Muse S usually than the Sense, but it surely wasn’t wildly off from a coronary heart fee monitor that is properly outfitted for delivering dependable resting coronary heart fee knowledge.
Sleep monitoring in contrast: Muse S (left) and Fitbit Sense (centre and proper)
The addition of sleep place and stillness insights are distinctive items of sleep knowledge you do not discover on lots of sleep trackers, although there’s is not a lot in the best way of explaining why that is vital knowledge to seize the way it may affect your high quality of sleep. If it does in any respect.
Muse S additionally information sleep place and stillness throughout sleep
As talked about, Muse gives Journeys or Soundscapes that will help you get ready for sleep. The latter works a lot in the identical method as the opposite meditation modes letting you select the sounds and size of time they play.
With Journeys, it mixes voice steerage with soundscapes to assist get you right into a extra relaxed, sleepy state. There’s a wide variety accessible starting from 10 minutes to longer 30 minutes choices if you happen to want a bit extra time to get set.
Muse S: Does it aid you sleep?
So far as serving to us get to sleep, the Muse S is fairly efficient in doing that job. Although we might say the Muse 2 was already fairly good at doing that.
The best setup is unquestionably pairing it up with headphones and with the brand new sleep-focused soundscapes and voice guides, it is fairly efficient in clearing your thoughts and getting you to deal with feeling extra relaxed.
When it comes to utilizing it to trace your sleep, we might say it is a combined expertise. For starters, we needed to swap from the Android app to the iPhone model as sleep monitoring merely did not work.
Individuals are actually going to have combined expertise about how snug carrying the headscarf is, largley due to that field up entrance.
The app does not run within the background both, so you may’t flip your telephone display off. No one likes a glimmer of telephone gentle once they’re attempting to get to sleep.
Even when it is on the bottom brightness setting. One other difficulty right here is that if you happen to stand up within the night time to make a go to to the bathroom, you’d want to recollect to choose up your telephone as properly. That is as a result of it is prone to lose Bluetooth reference to the app, which suggests pairing and resuming the sleep monitoring.
So whereas it does an excellent job getting you sleepy, there is a a lot extra to consider while you need to use it to trace that point. It could possibly monitor that point precisely from our expertise, however there’s so much that may affect on how good that sleep monitoring is.
Within the purpose to assist us sleep, the Muse S delivered on that promise. It is a a lot nicer sensible headband to mediate in mattress with than the Muse 2. So far as utilizing it for sleep monitoring, it is able to delivering dependable knowledge, but it surely is perhaps a combined expertise getting it. There’s features within the setup that should enhance to make it best for monitoring that slumber time. When you’re offered on Muse’s mediation expertise, we are saying go for the cheaper Muse 2 as an alternative. If you need that extra snug design and personal an iPhone, then there is perhaps motive to spend extra.
- Improved cloth design
- Does aid you really feel sleepy
- Tracks sleep reliably
- Module too large
- App does not work in background
- Poor battery life
- Android points
- Pricier than Muse 2