Most people would probably agree that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. With work and taking care of the kids to making dinner and cleaning the house to running errands and paying bills, it’s no wonder so many people walk around feeling like zombies all day. There’s just not enough time to do all those things and still get a full night’s sleep.
In fact, a study by the CDC states that one third of adults get less than the necessary amount of sleep. The recommended amount for adults is seven to nine hours. I’m sure you know the amount of sleep you get every night has a huge impact on your body’s health. But something you may not know is that your eye health is also greatly affected by the amount of sleep you get.
Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
If you aren’t getting a full night of sleep, you can eventually develop issues with your eyes. You could develop a condition called ischemic optic neuropathy. This condition is caused by damage that has occurred in the optic nerve due to poor blood flow and it can cause you to experience a sharp pain in either one or both of your eyes, as well as make it difficult to see clearly.
Besides just not getting enough sleep at night, if you have sleep apnea, you are at risk of developing glaucoma. If you aren’t sure what it is exactly, sleep apnea is a condition that causes sporadic interruptions in your breathing while you sleep. This means you experience a lack of oxygen in those seconds when you stop breathing, and it’s often hard for people with sleep apnea to fall into a deep, restful sleep. The lack of oxygen caused by sleep apnea has been linked to the development of glaucoma.
If glaucoma develops, the optic nerve in your eyes can become damaged, which can lead to a loss in vision or even blindness. If you think you have sleep apnea, it’s a good idea to look into having a sleep study done. Besides affecting your eyes, sleep apnea has many other side effects to your health.
Have you ever had one of those annoying spasms that make your eyelid twitch incessantly? Those spasms have been linked to sleep deprivation.
Thankfully, you won’t experience any kind of serious eye problems or vision loss from those spasms. But if you’re getting them a lot, that’s probably a sign that you need to get more sleep.
Lack of sleep over a period of time can also cause your eyes to become red, swollen, and bloodshot, and you might even develop dry eye. Dry eye occurs when your tear ducts do not produce adequate tears to keep your eyes lubricated. You might experience pain in your eyes and it could cause redness, itching, sensitivity to light, and blurry vision.
If you experience dry eye, try getting more sleep to increase tear production. You can also use over-the-counter eye drops to help lubricate your eyes.
Getting enough sleep is also important for keeping your eyes from becoming strained. If you sit in front of a computer all day at work or you read a lot or do a lot of driving, especially at night, these types of activities can contribute to eye strain.
With so many electronics taking up space in our everyday lives, it’s not really surprising that so many people experience eye strain. Think about it, you probably have your iPhone glued to your hand all day, making phone calls, texting, and playing games.
You probably also use some kind of tablet to do your work or read on. That’s in addition to the time you probably spend on the computer or watching TV every day. Your eyes need to rest just like your body and mind do in order to keep going and functioning properly. Sometimes that means turning off all the electronics, lying back, and resting your eyes for a bit.
It’s been recommended by many medical professionals that to avoid eye strain you should get plenty of sleep. Also rest your eyes occasionally throughout the day just by closing them for a few minutes at a time. While it won’t do any permanent damage to your eyes or vision, eye strain can cause temporary blurriness and mild pain.
Get More Sleep
In order to keep your eyes strong and healthy, it’s imperative that you get plenty of rest. Some people have difficulties falling asleep at night; other people are just so busy that getting to bed at a decent hour is a chore itself. To help you fall asleep easier, you can try a few different home remedies that are said to cause sleepiness.
Try drinking a cup of chamomile tea before bed to help you relax. Try reading a book; any book will do, although if it’s a boring book, it might help you to fall asleep faster! Reading a physical book rather than scrolling through your phone or tablet ensures that you aren’t looking at blue light before bed, either, which will help improve your quality of sleep. Cut the sugars and caffeine out of your diet a few hours before bed, too.
Once your lights are out, make sure you’ve blocked out any light from the street with curtains or blinds. You can diffuse some lavender essential oil while you sleep to keep you relaxed and comfortable all night. Also, make sure you’ve adjusted your room temperature to be cooler at night, as this will help promote better sleep.
Proper Nutrition for Eyes
Besides just getting more sleep to improve your eye health, you can also try daily eye vitamins. Certain vitamins, minerals, and herbs, like those found in our Ocu-Plus Formula, have great benefits for your overall eye health ranging from reducing strain to improving your vision. Your eyes get tired just like the rest of your body, so eating right and getting enough sleep will help improve eye health.