The most advanced, fully scriptable, real-time
Lucid Dreaming Platform
New Lucid Dreaming paper using ZMax:
THE ONLY SLEEP HEADBAND DESIGNED FOR ACCURACY
ZMax is the only accurate sleep headband. It is trusted by renowned sleep science researchers all over Europe.
RESEARCH GRADE EEG SENSOR
Consumer oriented EEG headbands prioritize look and feel over signal accuracy.
State of the art analysis of sleep structure
The ZMax REM detection algorithm is the result of several years of research into sleep structure, sleep phenotypes and writing thousands of
custom MATLAB functions for analyzing specifically the EEG patterns produced by the ZMax electrode configuration, using ad-hoc vision algorithms.
ZMax algorithms go way beyond what is recognized as "state of the art" in sleep research. For instance, no sleep staging algorithm published or
mentioned on pubmed on the latest scientific papers addresses or even recognizes sleep EEG frequency band phenotypes or accounts for frequency band overlap.
ZMax does not use generic, naive algorithms that assume that every person's brain is the same. Rather, it digs deep into your sleep structure
to determine your unique, individual phenotype, and uses that phenotype to determine when you enter REM sleep.
Light, auditory and tactile dream cues
Once you have a way to acquire highly accurate sleep data, and detect REM sleep with high precision, the fun starts!
ZMax allows you to experiment with different light patterns and even tactile stimulation for your dream cue.
Experiment with unique light patterns to ensure dream incorporation. Did you know that
tactile stimulation has higher dream incorporation rates, especially on the head?*
You can play an MP3 file
when you begin dreaming, or use voice synthesis to try to influence the content of your dreams. Please note that despite the screenshot,
Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights is not actually recommended as a lucid dream cue (but perhaps as a wake up alarm :)).
Visualize your sleep in the morning
Unlike 'toy' sleep EEG devices, ZMax allows you to review, study, analyze and score your sleep data.
The Hypnodyne youtube channel has sleep scoring tutorials (under construction) that teach you about sleep structure and how to look at and interpret ZMax
recordings and spectrograms. You can easily locate and determine the strength of your sleep spindles, sudden bursts of oscillatory brain
activity generated in the reticular nucleus of the thalamus that occur during sleep stages 2 and 3.
You can easily determine whether you are a frontal alpha producer and if so whether your alpha waves
are single or double peak. Frontal alpha oscillations are associated with creativity.
You can easily determine whether you produce strong beta waves during REM. You can look at your dreaming pattern and the eye movement patterns during dreams.
Verify REM detection and stimulation points
You can drill deep into your night-time activity, inspect the results of the ZMax REM detection, and verify when the dream cue was delivered. If you are an experienced lucid dreamer, you can even signal lucidity with your eye movements, and observe those in the post-stimulation period. Beware of any EEG device or lucid dreaming toy that does not allow you to inspect results.
Audio dream logging
A key component of dream research is remembering dreams. And a key component of remembering dreams is
writing them down as soon as one wakes up. This has traditionally required turning on a light,
finding pen and paper, and keeping your eyes open until you have written down your dream.
Unfortunately, returning to sleep is often difficult after logging a dream on a dream journal. Many people give up lucid dreaming and dream tracking because the act of logging requires too much discipline.
Peer to peer dream research
ZMax is built as a peer-to-peer system from the ground up.
Whatever you can do on your PC, you can also do remotely over the internet. If you have a lucid dreaming partner,
perhaps in another time zone, they can monitor your sleep and experiment with stimulation in real time, perhaps switching roles
the following night. You may be interested in the lucid dream communication experiments by Stephen LaBerge.