Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE March 19, 2019, 8:42 PM GMT By Ben Kesslen Courtney Cheng’s smartphone reminds her when it’s time to meditate. Cheng, 25, a nonprofit project manager in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a paying member of Headspace, one of a handful of apps focused on meditation and wellness that have accrued millions of users — and millions of dollars in venture capital investments. She said she found the app after dealing with a “post-grad crisis” after college. Now, it helps her relax and fall asleep. But like the many other smartphone notifications Cheng receives throughout the day, she isn’t always in the mood to hear from Headspace. “I set a reminder on Headspace to send me a notification to remember to use it,” Cheng said. “But it makes me laugh because sometimes I’m like, ‘I don’t … [Read more...] about Consumers see wellness apps as a way to meditate and improve sleep. Investors see profits.
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Avery Hartmans, provided by Published 8:23 am PST, Sunday, January 13, 2019 Shutterstock If your new year's resolution was "spend less time on my phone," it can already feel challenging to stick to it. Google has some built-in tools to help you relax and de-stress, or use less technology altogether. There are 16 hidden features inside Google's most popular products to help you combat your tech addiction. Now that the new year is here, many of us are trying to form new habits, like eating healthier and exercising more. But if your resolution is to spend less time staring at screens or using your phone, it can be difficult. How do we change years of habits in a few weeks? Well, you don't have to do it alone. Most of us use at least one Google product regularly, whether that's Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, or even an Android phone or a Pixel. Built into those tools are features to help you wind down and de-stress, or take a break from technology altogether. So if you're … [Read more...] about 16 ways to go on a digital cleanse if you use Google products religiously (GOOG, GOOGL)
source Shutterstock If your New Year’s resolution was “Spend less time on my phone,” it can already feel challenging to stick to it. Luckily, Google has some built-in tools to help you relax and de-stress, or use less technology altogether. In fact, there are 16 hidden features inside Google’s most popular products to help you combat your tech addiction. Now that the new year is here, many of us are trying to form new habits, like eating healthier or exercising more often. But if your resolution is to spend less time staring at screens or using your phone, it can be difficult. How do we change years of habits in just a few weeks? Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. Most of us use at least one Google product on a regular basis, whether that’s Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, or even an Android phone or a Pixel. Built into those tools are features to help you wind down and de-stress, or take a break from technology … [Read more...] about 16 ways to go on a digital cleanse if you use Google products religiously
source Shutterstock I read on my iPhone at night all the time. Sometimes, though, the iPhone’s lowest brightness setting isn’t dim enough for the environment, or my eyes. There’s a trick that can make your screen even dimmer than the brightness settings Apple provides, and it’s perfect for nighttime. If you’re like me, you spend your last waking minutes reading on your iPhone in bed until you’re tired enough to fall asleep. But sometimes, your iPhone’s screen can be too bright for you and your partner – even if it’s on the lowest brightness setting. Thankfully, hidden away in your iPhone’s settings is a way to make the screen super-dim. It’s easy to set up and works really well – I use it all the time. First, go to your Settings app. source Dave Smith/Business Insider Click General. source Dave Smith/Business Insider Scroll down and click Accessibility. source Dave Smith/Business Insider … [Read more...] about There’s an easy way to make your iPhone screen even dimmer than its lowest brightness setting, and it’s perfect for reading at night
The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Amazon Losing sleep can be potentially hazardous to your health, but tracking it has traditionally required wearing a gadget, which could make sleeping less comfortable. I've been trying the Nokia Sleep, a sleep tracker that lays under your mattress to detect your heart rate, sleep cycle (deep, light, and REM sleep), if you snore, and how long you sleep. That information is synced to Nokia's Health Mate app and is turned into a nightly report, with an interactive chart, overall sleep score, and tips on how to improve your sleep. I was never really interested in sleep tracking, but the Nokia Sleep has actually made it easy, fun, and informative to check on my night each morning. People are obsessed with sleep, and for good reason. Getting too little can have a seriously negative impact on your health. … [Read more...] about This tracker fits under your mattress instead of around your wrist — and it’ll give you recommendations for how to improve your sleep every night