Product Review: Does the Waking Up App Really Work?

Written by Alex Reid
Posted January 21, 2020

Dear Reader,

Mindfulness and meditation...

It seems like everyone wants to practice it, but what's the best way?

With all the chatter, some have sought out guided meditation apps and programs. 

One of which is the Waking Up app. 

Waking Up is a mindfulness and meditation app created by Sam Harris, a philosopher, neuroscientist, best-selling author, and expert on meditation. 

Does this app really work, and is it worth trying? Let’s find out!

When you open Waking Up, you’ll find a simple, clean layout — nothing pops out more than it needs to, but nothing is difficult to find. Navigating the app and selecting a lesson feels natural and fluid. 

Waking Up is made up of two components:

  1. Meditation: You can start off with a 50-day course that consists of 10-minute meditation lessons, which Sam leads you through.
  2. Practices: This helps build on the primary meditation lessons. 

Overall, the lessons and practices are very in depth but not overwhelming.

One fantastic thing about Waking Up is that it appeals to both novices and those who are more experienced at meditation. It has something for everyone.

You might be wondering, "How is this app different from any other?"

It all comes down to Sam Harris’s approach to meditation:

Most [meditation apps] present the practice as though it were an ancient version of an executive stress ball — whereas it’s more like the Hubble Space Telescope.

The purpose of meditation isn’t merely to reduce stress or to make you feel better in the moment — it’s to make fundamental discoveries in the laboratory of your own mind.

Aside from the app’s approach to meditation, one of the most notable things about Waking Up is the company’s integrity. Right on the home page of the website, you’ll find a paragraph that reads:

If you would like to use this app but truly cannot afford it, please email us at so that we can give you a free account.

While we operate a business, we believe that money should never be the reason why someone can’t gain access to the Waking Up course.

That’s right — even though a premium membership is available at a fair price, it still offers it for free to those who truly can’t afford it.

Few companies really care that much; this alone is a huge reason why Waking Up is worth trying. 

Overall, Waking Up makes it a breeze to get into meditation. The app doesn’t contain quite as much content as apps like Calm and Headspace, but this seems to be on purpose. The real focus is on the quality of content. 

Waking Up has a generous trial period, so you can really try it out and see if it’s for you. If you sign up for a premium membership and decide you don’t like it, the company offers a 100% money-back guarantee.

To your health,

Alex Reid
President, Longevity Insider HQ