Graphics Programming Weekly
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I thought this type of aggregating would be a bit steeper: https://github.com/sindresorhus/awesome-awesome-awesome-awesome
Ran out of ideas to improve your sleep? if your sleep generation is somewhat normal (i.e. not to far from the norm) then some of what I say might be helpful to you. As always some of these tips are intended for habit building and it is unlikely that if you stick to them for a short duration that they generate long term effects. They are from my own research.
That out of the way, an easy way to determine two factors that make up sleep and to get good results even if your doctor is downplaying your personal issue, is to get a blood test both on vitamin b6 and vitamin d3. Keep in mind that having a good nights rest each day greatly improves cognition + mitigates a few issues and therefore defers them into the future. Coming back to the vitamins, that way you can rule out sleep onset and sleep through issues. It is somewhat hard to get a grasp on how much b vitamins are good for you especially if you have underlying issues so it is way simpler to refer to the blood test. Nonetheless, if you have sleep-through issues like oversleeping on a regular basis then it could be likely that getting b vitamins in normal range improve your dream fluidity. That means your dreams might improve in clarity, feel more relaxing in a shorter time span, are less noisy, might include a wider field of consciousness, feel less morphed. Now some might say, before jumping to conclusions, that they do not even dream: both the case that directing attention to my dream quality + taking vitamin b6 has made me dream reliably. That said, it is also easy to overdose so be dosage aware though to improve dream quality the dosage is usually not required to exceed any limits that cause irreversible nerve damage. [disclaimer: itchy skin or diarrhea are signs you overdid it]. Back to vitamin d3, if you have issues where you basically have a moving sleep onset pattern, then you might already have very low vitamin d3. d3 helps you fall asleep, be less fatigued and helps you elevate your happiness which can be very important if you are indoors quite a lot due to recent restrictions or lack sunlight due to winter / being indoors. d3 changes your dream quality a little though I don't have a definitive view on how exactly this plays out.
There is one middle ground which is migraines. Those who get migraines a lot might in my opinion suffer from varied sleep onset and or lack of b6 and or d3. There is very likely a behavior part to it as well, but it is correctable once the chemistry is back in balance. The migraine mostly in my opinion exhibits the nerve pain component of sleep. There are some studies who also promote magnesium to reduce the pain and improve outcome. So more or less, this concludes sleep onset and sleep through issues (physical).
If your dreams appear fragmented, compressed or very distorted you might need to consider getting a regular circadian rhythm. The tools above might help.
Taking drugs such as alcohol is obviously not recommended when it comes to improving sleep quality.
The other part, which often increases in momentum the longer the misaligned chemistry stays in play is the habitual part. This becomes especially problematic for when the situation is longer then a few month which often makes the situation chronic even though it might be as easily reversible as it was caused. What changes is the type of manifestation of those habits and the difference might be harder to detect and therefore to improve upon. What plays into that can be worry, fear, anxiety, doubt, uncertainty and other types of pain of the soul. Most of them however are unwanted at sleep onset so breathing techniques such as Wim Hof (10 minutes before sleep), alkaline breathing techniques (25 or less minutes before sleep) or meditation (depending on severity up but not limited to 40 minutes before sleep) offer options to deal with these states of consciousness. There are also medications that help to sleep based on relaxation, b6 or melanin. B6 is often supplemented with b12 so it can have the opposite effect and actually make you more active. Basically, without any judgement, the goal is to think positive about whatever comes at you and switch into a calm thought free state of mind that supports entering sleep.
This means sleep has to occur regular at a regular time. And it also means that before going to bed, it must be possible to switch into a state of consciousness that supports eventually falling asleep. This to some degree holds a problem I think is worth mentioning: oversleeping and under-sleeping. If you oversleep, it is not possible to fall asleep at the same time and logically you will also have shifting sleep onset like above mentioned for vitamin d3. This will also in some cases cause migraines. Just to add a personal touch, I think oversleeping is a difficult to solve issue as it is more difficult to find a tool that can replace and relocate sleeping habits at times that are critical. My personal solution to this problem as I have suffered from oversleeping in the past is a multitude of approaches. First is to decrease overthinking. This can be done by increasing the general well-being and mental state. Secondly is to get into a well balanced b-vitamin range. Improving the diet can be very important here too. This likely restores part of the normal energy balance and energy metabolism and improves sleep quality. The improved sleep quality then is the basis for a sleep duration that is within the age bracket. Lastly, mentally it is important to not want to oversleep and to have enough energy to actually manage the day without entering sleep too early and further disrupting the circadian rhythm and to have a proper sleep onset at the end of the day. This is easier said then done because most still hold onto previous thought patterns of 'I have tried everything in the past...' before the new reality of less need to sleep peculates the preconceived reality. The vitamin d3 changes sleep onset and should be consumed in the early day otherwise it is part of the problem. If you do not have a good feeling for sleep and tend to oversleep then sayings such as 'go to bed if you feel tired' do not make much sense and also result in oversleeping. Therefore a more scientific approach is to sleep more or less a weighted average of what you normally sleep. The weighted average includes your oversleep and under-sleeping and while it is not perfect by design it is good enough to improve the baseline if said preconditions exist. The average in normal range is 7 - 9 hours [for young adult - adult] which is in my opinion too broad. If you continuously tend to try to sleep 2 hours more then what you actually need (or 2 less then you actually need) as an example, then it is logical that this has to get out of balance at some point. So it makes sense to get your own average by sampling your sleep duration and potentially weight the oversleep and under-sleeping days slightly to correct them for what they are. I do think it is less important how you slept a month ago then it is how long you slept yesterday. As this has the most impact and is still simple to calculate. And I also think that not everyday is perfect when it comes to sleep, so some days you might feel more tired and others you do have nightmares or otherwise disrupted sleep. I would recommend a formula here, but I also think the number of people who calculate their sleep is limited. Nonetheless the idea is to not move from bad to worse but from bad to better again.
If you can not sleep at a given time, given a healthy sleep hygiene, you do not want to engage with blue light from the screen nor get emotionally invested in the wrong thing. Therefore it's best to relax and wait until you can try it again.
To conclude: sleep and dream quality can be viewed as a composite of biological brain function, energy metabolism, workload, general well being, sleep duration, mental state and thoughts and more broadly behavior as well as external influence (like disruptions). If the mental and body functions converge to an optimum, sleep functions can be improved. However, it is better to not think about local time frames but rather think broadly. This write-up doesn't include sleep apnea, parasomnia, narcolepsy, frequent urination and the like.
@samgai normally when filing a bug report, the more of the verification work you have done before the better. So the dev's don't have to review and translate most of what you say. Most of the time the template or the source tells you what is required. So saying: 'The throbber sat at least x minutes' isn't wrong.
@coin thanks, I sure will.
@Mitsu hello. (I'm new to the platform)
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