The Best Apps for Better Sleep

An oldie but a goodie: This app round-up was originally published on 11/2/17.

Happy Daylight Savings Time! Although the time switch means it’s time for warmer weather and longer days, when our clocks spring forward, it often leaves us feeling groggy and tired. In general, we tend to be fairly sleep deprived – according to the CDC, more than a third of American adults are not getting at least 7 hours of sleep on a regular basis, causing chronic sleep deprivation. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults aged 18–60 years sleep at least 7 hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being. Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress. Yikes!

Luckily, aside from Daylight Savings Time, this week is also Sleep Awareness Week, giving you a prime opportunity to focus on getting better rest. There are lots of ways you can improve your sleep, including these tips from the National Sleep Foundation. To encourage you to focus on getting better sleep, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite sleep apps to help you track your sleeping habits, fall asleep faster, and sleep more soundly.

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Paving the way: A Brief History of Black Pioneers in Medicine

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on February 18th, 2016.

Pursuing a career in medicine can be a challenging experience for anyone. For many aspiring Black doctors, these challenges were often associated with discrimination and a lack of opportunities to prove their worth, particularly in the early 19th and 20th centuries. Many barriers had to be torn down and doors opened before access to a quality medical education could be achieved for people of color. To celebrate Black History Month, we’re sharing with you a brief history of how these opportunities were built.

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Health Benefits of Art and Creativity

It’s no accident that our Health Sciences library is brimming with artwork created students, faculty, and staff at the UCF College of Medicine. Creating and viewing art is not only fun and fulfilling, it also has amazing health benefits: from improved focus and concentration to reduced stress and anxiety. So whether you paint, draw, write, sing, dance, play an instrument, create pottery, color-by-numbers, or even just enjoy strolling around in a museum, you’re potentially having a big impact on your overall health and well-being.

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Organ Donation 101

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on 2/9/17.

A very special day is just around the corner: the one day a year when you can give your heart to someone new… or your liver, or a kidney. That’s right – February 14th isn’t just Valentine’s Day, it’s also National Organ Donor Day! Today on the blog, we’re celebrating by exploring how organ donation works, so that you can make an informed decision about your preference to donate!

There are currently 119,000 men, women, and children on the national transplant waiting list, and 22 people die every day waiting for a transplant. The good news is that more that 130 million people in the U.S. are registered as organ donors, and one donor can save up to 8 lives. However, only 3 in 1,000 people die in such a way that allows for organ donation.

Image copyright Catherine Lane 2015

Image copyright Catherine Lane 2015

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Book Recommendations Based on your New Year’s Resolutions

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on 1/12/17.

It’s an undeniable fact that with January comes New Year’s resolutions, and with New Year’s resolutions comes the danger of frustration, burnout, or a lack of motivation. Even if you set resolutions that you’re really passionate about (and we hope you do!), changing your behavior can be hard work. To help you all out, I’ve rounded up some book recommendations based on common New Years Resolutions! Whether your goal is to eat healthier, reduce stress, or get organized, These books are here for you. I believe that books contain a wealth of knowledge and can be one of our greatest sources of inspiration when our own is flagging – so get reading and crush those goals!

Resolution #1: Increase your motivation/find your passion

Read Drive: The Surprising truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink


If you find yourself low on motivation and need to get yourself fired up for a new project, job, or challenge, Drive is a great reading choice. Pink draws on four decades of scientific research on motivation to reveal the three elements of true motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. By understanding the science behind human motivation, this book gives you the tools to better motivate yourself and others towards achieving your goals.

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Apps to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions!

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on 1/5/17.

Happy New Year! Ready to grab the New Year by the horns? If you’ve made a few resolutions for the new year, you’ll be thrilled to know that there are tons of apps out there that can help you on your way to success. To help you achieve your goals, we’ve rounded up apps that will support some common resolutions that people set.

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Set SMARTer New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year, everyone! This time of year is when most people focus on changing their habits, improving their lives, and creating New Year’s resolutions. While lifestyle change can be exciting and healthy, it can also be very difficult. If you struggle to set or achieve your New Year’s resolutions, perhaps you need to make your resolutions “SMARTer” (not harder)!

Setting SMART goals is a technique that makes it easier to organize your goals, decide on behavioral change, achieve your goals, and measure your success. In this post, I’m going to take you through the concept of SMART goal setting as well as offer some words of advice about setting yourself up for success!

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The Librarians’ Favorite Holiday Cookies!

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on 12/8/16.

One of the librarians’ favorite holidays takes place in December – but I’m not talking about Christmas or New Year’s Eve, I’m talking about National Cookie Day! National Cookie Day was December 4th, and we’re celebrating appropriately: by sharing our favorite holiday cookie recipes with you! Between office parties, family celebrations, and stress eating other holiday shindigs, there is no shortage of baking opportunities this time of year. These librarian picks are sure to be party pleasers, so grab your mixing bowl and have at it (we won’t judge you for eating the batter).

Ginger Snaps: Chosen by Denise and Pammy


Crisp and Chewy Ginger Snap Cookies by White Lights on Wednesday

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A Guide to Holiday Wellness

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on 12/10/15.

Although the holiday season absolutely warms our spirits, it can also take quite a toll on our health. Between all of the baking, office parties, holiday meals, time spent parked on the couch watching holiday movies, and stress that comes with holiday preparations and spending, it’s no wonder that the most popular New Year’s resolutions involve improving our health and wellness! Make use of these holiday wellness tips in order to keep yourself healthy and sane even before the New Year begins.


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The Most Common Holiday ER Visits – And How to Avoid Them

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on 12/24/2015.

For many people, the holidays are a joyous and festive time to spend with family and loved ones. However, even with all of the warm holiday wishes and holiday cheer of the season, this time of year can also be an accident waiting to happen. During the holiday season, emergency rooms across the U.S. see an increase in visits due to holiday-related injuries and illnesses. Read on to learn about some of the most common holiday injuries and how you can avoid them.

What dangers are lurking in your holiday plans?

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