A Skeptic’s Sensate Review: Trying Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Falling in Love

After reading a glowing review of the Sensate on Unfinished Man, I decided to give this intriguing stress-relief device a try. As someone who struggles with anxiety and has a high-stress job, I’m always looking for new ways to relax and lower my stress levels. The Sensate promised to help with both of those things, so I was eager to test it out.

Now, after using the Sensate for over 6 months, I can confidently say that this device delivers on its claims. It has become an indispensable part of my daily stress management routine.

The Sensate is a palm-sized device that uses subtle vibrations to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. You simply place it in your hand, turn it on, and let the gentle vibrations work their magic. What’s happening on a physiological level is that it’s stimulating nerve endings that connect to the vagus nerve, which is responsible for controlling our parasympathetic nervous system – the system responsible for rest, digestion, and recovery.

By activating the vagus nerve, the Sensate triggers your body to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels. I’ve tested my heart rate variability (HRV) while using it and consistently see improvements in my HRV score, indicating reduced stress and increased relaxation. The science behind it is fascinating, and it’s incredible that such a small, easy-to-use device can have noticeable effects on the nervous system.

After a long, stressful day, I’ll use my Sensate for 20-30 minutes and feel a wave of calm wash over me. My mind stops racing, and my body feels less tense. I’ve also used it before big meetings or presentations at work to get into a focused, relaxed state.

Beyond the stress-reduction benefits, I’ve found the Sensate helps me fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly on nights when anxiety would normally keep me up. The vibrations give my mind something to focus on rather than racing thoughts.

When I first started

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