Think Thin Thursday ~ Biohackers Unite to Help You Through the Daze

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Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

Android users have nearly four million apps to choose from while Apple fans are at about half of that with two million. Those numbers lead me to believe that these miniaturized programs are here to stay. I've chosen some that are actually useful and will get you in gear for a healthier self.

My issue of late has been getting a good night's sleep. 5 hours in total would be good but I'd prefer more than 7 if possible. Experimentation began a couple of weeks ago with melatonin. Due to other prescriptions I asked a few of my Doctors what they thought and was given the go ahead to give it a try. The effects should be kicking in by the weekend if what I'm reading is true. 

As the education increases the dosage comes into question and the concept of micro-dosing seems appropriate as I delve deeper. That's about 1/5 of my current daily amount, although, always being a fan of "less is better" I'm all in. This is a work in progress but you'll know the results as soon as I do.

Sleep is critical and these apps help you to eliminate the circadian cycle  disruptions caused by the blue light of our mobile devices and computer screens. It's the blue light which inhibits the release of our natural melatonin and causes much of our restless hours when trying to sleep. Whether android or apple F.lux is one of those set and forget apps that will soon get those rhythms back in sync. Another similar app is called Twilight directed more toward android users. The Iris app also addresses the issue in its own way but is more complicated to set up properly.

Sleep Cycle like many things Apple is very intuitive when combined with your iPhone. If you've been following these TTT posts you might remember I had written about sleep patterns a few weeks ago. Sleep Cycle is able to identify these patterns and gently wake you at the most opportune time. I don't know much about it but the reviews claim it's a great way to start the day.

Lastly, we come upon an interesting app that's a huge time saver for analyzing and eliminating food sensitivity. Does the name Food Sense sound useful? If you've ever had to go to a Doctor to test for allergies, especially food allergies, I think you're going to really like this one. I feel fortunate to not have this ailment although I know several people who do.

 

Please share any and all of these apps. They are tried & true!  

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Comments (5)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kevin. Luckily I sleep pretty well and am working toward 7 hours a night. Never needed much sleep, but am trying. Enjoy your day and post your results! 

Sep 13, 2018 04:31 AM
Kevin J. May

Will be downloading the f.lux app this weekend and ratcheting in the melatonin dose. I'll post the results but I like to let them simmer for about 30 days before sharing. It'll be here!

Sep 13, 2018 04:51 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is very interesting, I thought I had heard that apple had many more apps than android and that was part of the appeal for apple.  It is interesting to find out that isn't true.  I don't use many apps, so I didn't care all that much for my iPad and recently upgraded to an android tablet.

Sep 13, 2018 08:16 AM
Kevin J. May

There are some great apps out there although the "fart" apps seem to be most popular. That tells us something.

Sep 13, 2018 04:56 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kevin,

I am not an app fan regardless of which platform they are on...I found that I sleep best after practicing 20minutes of Qigong.  A

Sep 13, 2018 01:10 PM
Kevin J. May

Alexandra, any enhancement to our Chi is a good thing. Is this a daily ritual?

Sep 13, 2018 05:00 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kevin, I don't sleep well either, but sure an app won't be helping.   Best of luck and hope that it kicks in this weekend.

Sep 13, 2018 04:06 PM
Kevin J. May

The blue light is a modern nuisance to our well being. If f.lux or Twilight gives me a boost we will know soon enough. I rarely discount any option before giving it the old college try.

Sep 13, 2018 05:03 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kevin- We've been using Sleep Cycle for over a year and it's interesting to see when I'm in a deeper sleep or just a light sleep. I'm happy with between 6 and 7 hours of sleep. 

Sep 14, 2018 08:29 AM
Kevin J. May

Reviews from actual users are very much appreciated. Plus, I can trust yours to be honest and that's HUGE.

Sep 14, 2018 09:21 AM