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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Habits for Healthier Sleep

Raise your hand if you’re tired right now. OK, now raise your hand if you’ve been tired at least a few afternoons this week. Unfortunately, I bet every single one of you lovely readers raised your hand for at least one of those – according to the CDC, one third of Americans are chronically sleep deprived, regularly clocking in at fewer than 7 hours a night. The number of people who experience occasional and/or recurrent sleep deprivation is even higher – studies show that nearly everyone experiences occasional sleep deprivation. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation can lead to a slew of problems: from reduced concentration, lowered immunity, irritability, and low productivity in the short term to the increased risk of heart disease, anxiety, depression, chronic inflammation, dementia, and much more over the long term.

Luckily, there are some easy ways to help you sleep more and sleep better! Next week is Sleep Awareness Week, so we want to encourage you to try these tips next week to see how you feel! If you find yourself more rested, you can work them into your regular routine.

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Get Moving! Best Exercises for Heart Health (That Aren’t Running)

We all know that in order to develop strong muscles in our body, we need to exercise. But did you ever consider that your heart is also a muscle? Arguably the most important muscle in your body, the heart also needs to be worked out to stay in tip top shape and keep ticking. If the thought of lacing up and heading out the door for a heart-thumping run gives you panic attacks, no need to stress. Running isn’t for everyone, and there are lots of ways to make your heart strong that don’t involve running—although, that’s also a pretty great way to strengthen your ticker, too!


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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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Heart Healthy Tips for Dining Out

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means plenty of people are going to be heading out to their favorite eateries for a meal. It’s a good excuse to order something indulgent and extravagant, but can you order good food from the menu that is also good for your heart? The answer is yes! There are plenty of ways to make heart-healthy menu choices no matter what type of restaurant you end up at. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

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Tech Talk Thursday: Love your heart – Wearable technology for heart monitoring

It’s time to have a real heart to heart about health…specifically cardiovascular health. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, and February is a great time to start some serious conversation about that since it’s National Heart Month. Today, we’d like to center the discussion around some of the technology that’s out there to help combat that statistic.

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Resource Roundup for Thyroid Awareness Month

Although January is quickly coming to a close, we want to highlight the fact that this is Thyroid Awareness Month. According to the American Thyroid Association, about 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid disease and over 12% of people in the US will develop some kind of thyroid condition in their life. Having an undiagnosed thyroid condition can also put you at risk for other issues, including osteoporosis, infertility, and even cardiovascular disease. There are some excellent resources available to read up on thyroid health, so you can have an informed conversation with your healthcare provider about whether you need to be concerned about thyroid issues. Read on to learn more.

The paisley ribbon signifies thyroid awareness.

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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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Our Most Popular Posts of 2017

Hello, dear readers! As the year draws to a close and we take stock of the year past, we’ve decided to take a look back on some of our most popular posts from 2017. We posted 91 blog posts this year, and had more than 3000 visitors, but some of our posts really rose to the top: here are our most-viewed blog posts of 2017!

Fifth place: Get the Most Out of Your iPhone with These Tips You Didn’t Know Existed

Learn 3 quick tips to get more out of your iPhone!

Fourth place: The Health Benefits of Owning Pets

Spending time with furry friends can definitely improve your mood and make you feel cozy inside, but there are actually a myriad of health benefits to owning a pet. Check out this article to read about all the ways Rover helps your health!

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