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On Cyber Monday, tech expert April Mayrath appeared on CBS News affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah to tout a number of cutting edge gadgets and resources that will make the holidays less stressful and more convenient than they've ever been.

So what are the must-have digital goodies that Ms. Mayrath is championing? Here's the quick rundown.

Sleep Genius

One of the hottest apps to arrive on iOS and Android this year, Sleep Genius can definitely help users start 2014 well-rested and ready to tackle those New Year's resolutions.

With the CDC declaring sleep deprivation a national epidemic, a record number of Americans are turning to prescription and over-the-counter medicinal sleep aids. But the potentially negative effects caused by sleep-inducing medications over prolonged periods are prompting a growing number of doctors and sleep specialists to prescribe technology over pills.

Sleep Genius is a neuroscience-based sleep app that has quickly earned a reputation for being the most scientifically advanced and effective sleep app on the market. Sleep Genius delivers to the bedroom groundbreaking technology backed by decades of research from leading experts in neuroscience, sleep, and music that actually delivers a solution proven to help users get to sleep faster and benefit from more quality sleep.


“What if you’re planning to travel during the holidays, but scrambling to make last-minute plans and need some advice?” Mayrath recommends a new, free app called Gogobot, which has been dubbed “The Facebook of Travel.” It helps you plan, book and share last-minute holiday travel based on opinions from trusted friends and connections in your social network. No more taking advice from complete strangers on TripAdvisor, she adds.

LifeTrak Move C300 Smartwatch

The holidays and calories are an inseparable pair. "We all tend to gain a few pounds," Mayrath says, "so this LifeTrak Move C300 smartwatch will help you keep that weight off and keep moving!"

"I love this watch not only because it’s affordable ($60)," Mayrath continues, "but also because it makes reaching your goals really easy."

The platform can also connect and sync to compatible smartphones using Bluetooth, as well as some of the most popular health and fitness apps like MapMyRun. It even syncs with Argus, one of the hottest fitness apps on the market today.

"Argus tracks everything," Mayrath explains, "including nutrition, sleep, and can even detect when you’re walking, running or driving."

What other must-have gadgets and apps are on Mayrath's list? Check out the full segment from KUTV here.



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