The focus app to rule them all
Nootropics ( /noʊ.əˈtrɒpɪks/ noh-ə-TROP-iks) — also called smart drugs or cognitive enhancers — are drugs, supplements, or other substances/technologies that improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals.
What follows are my opinions and my opinions alone, I am not sponsored by these people and have no affiliate links in this post, pinky swears. I am just a man, who likes tinkering with nootropics and ketones. I am eating the ones I can get a hold of and reporting back to you, my dear reader. So, let’s begin.
What are we drinking today?
Nothing silly, brain.fm is an app.
What is it?
Brain.fm is dubbed as music for your brain and promises to promote focus, relaxation, or meditation using a combination of bimodal tones and music that resonates (pun intended) with your brain.
They make a web app, and an iPhone app.
Who makes it?
How much does it cost?
You get 10 sessions for free, and after that you need to pay.
I went FOREVER because when you love something you gotta lock it down. That being said, you will likely blow through your 10 free tracks and need to try at least the monthly for a few months and see how often you use it.
My goto is cinematic movie focus.
But sometimes I opt for good ol’ fashioned focus
Over the years, Brain.fm has added a lot of variation from their original set of focus, relaxed focus, reading, sleeping, or meditating. Have a look at their offerings as of September 6, 2017.
The best way to enjoy Brain.fm is straight up, but since it runs in your browser, you are free to run other audio over top of it at the same time. This stacking of sounds is a harmony of focused bliss. When I need to crank something out I throw on the LIMITLESS LP from DJ Butcher with a little cinematic movie focus and the keys don’t know what hit them.
While it could be a mix of the placebo effect and pure habit, but I find Brain.fm to be the easiest, fastest and most potent way to get focused. If I want to get anything of substance done, I will turn on cinematic movie focus and get to work. It’s productivity table stakes.
The science behind Brain.fm is complex but from what I gather the music is engineered to influence a natural brain phenomenon called neuronal oscillations. Neuronal oscillations have been shown to impact cognition, and Brain.fm’s music has been shown to impact neuronal oscillations. Thus by the transitive property… no one really cares.
Suffice it to say that their bold claims, are backed by science. I am not an expert in these fields so cannot comment quantitatively, but it does work.
You can read all about it in their white paper linked below.
Chance of disaster pants?
I first saw Brain.fm on Product Hunt, or Hacker News, can’t remember and was skeptical that music could influence brain waves. When I tried it I instantly liked it, but wanted to make sure it wasn’t snake oil. Take the 20 mins and read through their Learn section. The controlled trial and EEG experiment with focus sold me.
Brain.fm is a must buy. I’m a fan of commitment, so I went FOREVER and while that is not for everyone, it has already paid for itself 10 times over. Brain.fm delivers on it’s promise to put you into a focused state of mind, and when stacked on top of your normal music or podcasts, you will wonder how you were ever productive without it.
If you have any questions about nootropics or exogenous ketones and Tim Ferriss or Joe Rogan aren’t returning your calls, hit me up in the comments below or on Twitter @kentf. I am no wizard but I’ve eaten and drank enough weird stuff to have some fun disaster pants stories.
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