If anyone here has trouble falling asleep, I have two hacks I've recently implemented that have reduced my TTFA (time to fall asleep) from over two hours to about 15 minutes:
1. Don't look at a screen for an hour before going to bed.
2. Wear a sleep mask. If you can open your eyes and see any sliver of light or a distinguishable shape, you need something different.
The effect is complete lack of visual stimulus making it really easy to start hallucinating (an overly strong word) which is an easy ramp into deeper sleep. The lack of bright blue light beforehand does something something melatonin, and you'll feel significantly more tired before bed (the lack of stimulus will also help).
> Wear a sleep mask. If you can open your eyes and see any sliver of light or a distinguishable shape, you need something different.
But couldn't this cause the opposite problem? In the morning, the rising sun levels tell your body to start waking up. I'm not an expert, but I would guess that this also stimulates (or de-stimulates) certain chemicals or hormones in the body needed for normal waking. So without your eyes seeing the sunlight increasing as a cue to wake up, doesn't that just cause a different problem?
If you spend a significant amount of time in front of a screen you should try to reduce blue light at all times just to reduce eye strain. flux is great but just a simple orange background / window theme will go a long way. This isn't a replacement for putting down your device an hour before you go to bed. Even if the light is orange / yellow you're still shining it in your eyes.
I lived in a tent for a year (long bicycle trip), and I started sleeping in a hat because it was cold most nights. I started pulling the hat slightly over my eyes at night, and my sleep has been better ever since. I probably couldn't wear a sleep mask, but I can't fall asleep well without a hat anymore.
Random, but I've discovered that "Buff" headwear (or equivalent, the fabric "loops" designed for outdoor sports etc: http://www.buffwear.co.uk/) over the eyes to be loads more comfortable than any eye mask I've tried, they're really soft and thin and do a great job blocking light out. Definitely worth a try if you don't like conventional eye masks.
I have a stupid question: what do I actually need to do to be registered? Like, am I going to be driving somewhere to have a needle stuck in one of my bones, or do they just draw blood, or do I just... give someone my name?
I'd totally do this if it was laid out in a super simple way, and wasn't going to cause me significant long term harm, pain, or risk thereof.
at least in germany you have to go no where. You just register online at DKMS and they will send you a Q-tip to collect a bit Saliva of yours which you send back (free shipping). So it's no work or costs at all
In Australia it's a little different as they don't do a cheek swab. You register via a Red Cross blood service donor centre. It involves taking a small sample of blood - if you're donating blood at the same time then they just take it at the start of the donation (no additional needle required).
Good luck. I really hope a match is found for you.
Anecdotally, I'm experimenting with not showering and I've noticed that this mosquito season in Dallas, TX I've been getting bit about a tenth of what I usually would (I'm typically the person that sits out with a group of people and is the only person getting bit), while increasing the time I spend outside.
I'd read that shampoo washes off the healthy cultures of bacteria that would otherwise live on your skin, but won't make any further logical leaps - it could be that I'm just not itching them as much as I usually would.
1. At least not with shampoo - I'll still rinse off if I get dirt or oil on my skin. It's also done wonderful things for my hair.
I just hope you do not stink. :) Another note: perhaps you could only clean your underarms to reduce the (possible) smell and leave everything else intact (if you do not hang around your arms raised, that should be a good strategy).
Full disclosure: I actually do use the same strategy, just put soap/shampoo on the smelly parts (and hair in my case as I do not stand oily hair) and leave everything else untouched. As for anecdotal proof, I do get less bites as the rest of the family.
I went through a similar thought process, but I just resigned myself to shaving with dull blades most of the time.
After the dollar shave club hoopla I researched more into a better way of shaving (electric razors gave me really bad rashes and didn't cut particularly close), and ended up switching to a safety razor.
100 refill blades are about $10 and can each be used about four times with the blade being razor sharp each time. I went whole hog and got a fancy tub of old fashioned shaving cream and brush, so every shave is a neat ritual of lathering up the cream. I'm getting pretty good at it.
Each shave costs approximately 2.5¢ for a fourth of a razor and a few pennies more for the pea-sized spoon of really nice shaving cream I use, and it's blindingly sharp and perfect every time.
I might at some point switch to a straight razor, but I have no reason to.
Hmm... kind of. Point looks like its focus is primarily on sharing and discussing articles and quotes with others - I just want something that will let me save (and browse/search?) my personal highlights for the next time I read an article or need information from it.