I Wore a Brain Sensor Headband to Track Exactly How the Election Ruined Me

The Muse S meditation headband provides data but not solutions

Muse S tracks brain activity, sleep, and more. Images: Muse S

There’s not a single person I know who isn’t more stressed, more anxious, and less resilient than they were a year ago.

Muse, the device that tracks brain waves

Muse S
Muse S interior band sensors and heart rate monitor

How election stress affected my brain waves

Before Election Day

Results from two meditation sessions with Muse on October 30
Results from two meditation sessions with Muse on October 31 and November 1

Election Day

Results from two meditation sessions with Muse on November 3

Post–Election Day

Results from two meditation sessions with Muse on November 4 and 5

After the election was called

Results from three meditation sessions with Muse on November 7, 8, and 9

Tracking sleep through the election

Results from a sleep-tracking session with Muse on November 4
Results from a sleep-tracking session with Muse on November 9

What can data do for you?

If tracking and analyzing meditation sessions and sleeps with Muse S can give people comfort through data, there’s certainly no harm in that.

Resilience is a long game

Jill Duffy is a writer covering personal productivity, software, and fitness tech. She’s also a contributing editor at PCMag.com.

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