Monthly Archives: July 2015

Google Can Now Tell You When Your Gym Is Too Crowded

Hate waiting on a treadmill or locker-room hair dryer? A new tool that Google is rolling out will fix that: Search a place using your smartphone, and with your result you get a daily chart of when places like your gym, Whole Foods, or DMV are most and least crowded. It works by using foot traffic data collected from phones (yes, you're being tracked, but it's anonymous).

I Googled my gym—Equinox in Mamaroneck, NY—clicked on the more icon and learned that if I'm going after work (doubtful!), I'm way better off waiting until 8:30 rather than braving 7, the evening's craziest hour. And going off-peak could even help you get stronger by making you more confident to tackle weight work.

Some of this is self-evident, for sure. But the new intel (which is only available on mobile devices) can actually be game-changing. What if you learned, as I did, that your typical time to hit Trader Joe's (before dinner on Sunday) is ALL WRONG? That it's in fact the absolute WORST hour of the week to pick up quinoa and zucchini and down free coffee? You might just go on Saturday at 9am instead. That is, if you aren't too busy enjoying some peace and quiet at the near-empty gym.

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The Weird Nighttime Habit That Might Help You Sleep Better

Can wearing orange glasses before bed really help you sleep better?

Maybe. Orange glasses are probably not a cure-all, but a few small studies suggest they might improve your z’s. We know that the blue light emitted from devices such as smartphones, tablets, televisions and even some lightbulbs can make it harder to get restful sleep because it slows the production of melatonin, a snooze-inducing hormone. And orange-tinted glasses can help block some of the blue light you’re exposed to, if you wear them when you’re, say, scrolling Instagram in bed.

The blue light isn’t the only reason your tablet messes with your sleep, though; these devices are also extremely stimulating, which doesn’t help your ability to drift off. In general, the best way to ensure a rejuvenating night of rest is to put your devices away (and dim your house lights) at least an hour before bed so you can wind down. But if you really want to give the orange glasses a try (and you don’t mind looking a little silly), it can’t hurt.

Health's medical editor, Roshini Rajapaksa, MD, is assistant professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and co-founder of Tula Skincare.


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