Apps and other tech can help you improve your sleep, wellbeing and overall preparedness for the coming onslaught of winter weather.
The nights are drawing in and the leaves are turning golden. You can almost smell the changing of the seasons on the wind. If, that is, your nostrils aren’t blocked. Because autumn also heralds the start of the cold and flu season. A time when we stay indoors, with the windows sealed, breathing in all those recirculating germs. A time when we exercise less, eat more treats and expose ourselves to less immunity-building, Vitamin-D-producing natural light.
If you’re determined to give yourself a fighting chance this winter against seasonal bugs, there is hope. An array of apps and digital tools are available to help you keep yourself as happy and healthy as possible while we dream of spring.
Mindfulness techniques have been shown to help manage anxiety.
So, if you find yourself turning blue, give Headspace a go. This science-backed app contains a library of different mindfulness exercises, many designed to address specific concerns (from anxiety to anger and even poor sleep). Subscription packages start at £4.17 a month.
Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep (or good quality sleep) are more likely to fall ill when exposed to a virus like the common cold. So try to supercharge your sleep with Sleep Cycle – an app that analyses your sleep patterns, detects snoring and sleep talking, then gives you tailored advice about how to improve your slumbering hours. It’s free, with in-app purchases.