In today’s hectic world, it is common to miss out on getting enough sleep each night. The truth is that it is challenging to balance proper rest with all the various activities that need to get completed each day. However, many people aren’t aware that not getting proper rest can wreak havoc on eyesight. While it is obvious that lack of sleep can leave dark circles under your eyes, lack of sleep can do far more harm than just keeping you from looking as good as possible. It could ultimately also interfere with your eye health.

Eye Spasms

Have you ever had a mysterious twitch in your eye that just wouldn’t go away? An eye twitch is when you have an involuntary spasm in your eyelid. This issue is called myokymia. [1] While eye spasms are not painful and don’t damage your vision, most people can find them to be very aggravating. As it turns out, lack of sleep is one of the leading causes of eye spasms. The good news is that it isn’t a serious problem, and it is one that is easily corrected by making sure that you are getting enough quality rest.

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Eye Diagnoses Caused by Lack of Sleep

Unfortunately, lack of sleep can do more than just make your eyes have spasms. Eventually, lack of sleep can lead to some different eye issues.

One condition that can result from lack of sleep is ischemic optic neuropathy (AION). This will occur with a pain in the eye shortly after you wake up. Ischemic optic neuropathy is due to damage in the optic nerve from lack of blood supply. As a result, people who suffer from this condition find that they can’t see well out of one eye.

Glaucoma is another condition that can result from lack of sleep. Those who have this problem lose peripheral vision. Ultimately, glaucoma can lead to blindness. [2] This is a condition that you absolutely don’t want to get, and it is one major reason that getting enough sleep should be taken very seriously.

Suggestions for Good Sleep

If you find that you are having a difficult time falling asleep at night, there are various options for remedying the situation. One thing you can do is to try drinking a cup of chamomile tea shortly before you plan to go to bed. This is a great way to relax before sleep. Another method that works for many people is reading a book in bed. You will likely find yourself getting drowsy, and then you can simply shut off the lights and fall asleep.

If you feel tired all the time and can’t sleep enough hours, you may have another underlying problem that can be treated. Fatigue can be caused by a variety of factors including sleep disorders like sleep apnea, mental issues such as depression and even anemia. [3] Talk to your doctor about potential sleeping issues before they snowball into an issue concerning your eyesight.

Remember that your eyes are kept busy all day long doing their job, and sleeping is the only time that they really get a break. Make sure that they get the rest they deserve by making enough shut-eye a priority!

Sources:

1. http://www.uic.edu/com/eye/learningaboutvision/eyefacts/fyiabouteyes.shtml
2. http://vision.about.com/od/sportsvision/a/sleep_apnea.htm
3. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003088.htm