Sometimes in the midst of the stress-filled bliss that is college, it gets a little hard to balance all of our responsibilities.

Classes can make getting enough sleep difficult. Impromptu trips out to a restaurant or bar can famish your wallet. Finding time (and motivation) for exercise might seem impossible when there’s a mound of homework staring back at you.

But fear not. There are a number of apps that come in handy for such troublesome predicaments; all you have to do is look for them. And luckily for you, I’ve done all the work. So, if you find yourself struggling to get your finances or sleep cycle in order, here are four apps that can at least make your day a little bit easier.


Ever notice how hard it is to sleep after working on your laptop late at night? Some have theorized that it’s because your laptop emits blue light, which stimulates certain cells in the eye that manage your melatonin and circadian rhythm. In short, blue light can decrease your body’s production of melatonin, which helps control sleep cycles, potentially leaving you tossing and turning all night.

To address this issue, f.lux is an app that changes the color of light your laptop gives off. After putting out blue light during the day, the app shifts your laptop’s emitted color to orange or red at night, helping you drift off to sleep easily.

It’s important to note that a co-founder of f.lux recently admitted there has been no scientific study to prove the application’s efficacy, although he said his team was looking to do one in the near future. Still, the app is completely free, so if you find yourself struggling to sleep, why not try it out for yourself?

Another good app for the sleep-deprived is the Sleep Cycle alarm clock, which tracks your sleep patterns by monitoring your movement throughout the night. In the morning, it wakes you up during your light sleep phase, helping you feel naturally rested and ready to tackle the day.

Zombies, Run!

If you’re like me, you occasionally say, “This is the day I will go to the gym!” but always find yourself eating a bag of potato chips instead. It’s inevitable, like the sun rising each morning or the campus WiFi finding a way to be awful. But what if instead of simply taking a run, you could exercise in a post-apocalyptic zombie world?

It might sound absolutely bonkers, but it’s possible with Zombies, Run! The immersive app is set in a world overrun by zombies, and you are a runner collecting supplies and completing more than 200 available missions for one of the last remaining human outposts. There are moments when you can jog, but there are other moments — known as “zombie chases” — during which you better run fast if you don’t want to become part of the horde of the dead.

I don’t know about you, but this might be the final push I need to engage in physical exercise. At least for a day or two.

Pocket Points

There’s a good chance that you’ve heard about this app, which allows students to gain points that can be used at local restaurants and stores solely by locking their smartphones while on the campus. And I have to admit, it’s pretty smart way to hone in on two of the only things — food and money — that can actually keep a college kid from scrolling on Twitter during a 200-person lecture.

There’s really nothing more to say about this; it’s easy to use, helps you focus on your academics and, most excitingly, can lead to some free food. Who can argue with that?

Find. Eat. Drink.

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that there are few things better than finding a new restaurant to feast at. After all, it can grow tiresome to eat at the same places over and over again, no matter how tasty the food is (I love you, Potbelly and Blaze Pizza, but I’m looking at you). Still, it often proves difficult to find a suggestion that fulfills our food-based yearnings.

Instead of taking advice solely from your friends or family, there is a new app that allows you to gauge the opinion of local culinary professionals, from chefs to bartenders to food artisans. Find. Drink. Eat. is a solution that combines the best aspects of Yelp while weeding out other reviews that might not be indicative of restaurant’s actual quality.

So next time you’re looking for a unique dining experience, consider your options: Try out that place that a friend of a friend once said was good, or go see what the hottest D.C. chefs are pigging out on. For me, the answer seems obvious.