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April 29, 2022

Weekend reads: How to get a good night's sleep

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    How to find the best mental health app for you, the pandemic's gardening boom, and more.

    Vivian Le's reads

    How to get a good night's sleep. According to a survey from the American Psychological Association, as many as two-thirds of Americans reported poor sleeping patterns during the pandemic, and it is now taking a toll on people's mental and physical health. Writing for the Washington Post, Michele Lent Hirsch explains seven common sleep problems and how to solve them.

    The pandemic's gardening boom. During the pandemic's early lockdowns, many people around the world took up gardening as a way to relieve stress. Writing for The Conversation, Alessandro Ossola, an assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, describes how gardening became a "safe haven" for many people during the pandemic and why it may be an important public health activity in the future.

    Alyssa Nystrom's reads

    How to find the best mental health app for you. There are currently thousands of mental health apps on the market that claim to support mental well-being with tools like games, therapy chatbots, or mood-tracking diaries—but not all of them are safe and useful. Writing for the New York Times, Christina Caron offers tips on how to find the best mental health app for your needs.

    Why you should be skeptical of TikTok's viral GI 'hacks.' Social media platforms like TikTok are full of "hacks" that all claim to improve your GI health—but experts argue there's not enough evidence to prove whether any of these "supposed fixes" really work. Writing for the New York Times, Dani Blum explains why you should be skeptical if a product or regimen claims it can improve digestive health overnight.

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