Sleep is restorative for immune and cognitive functions. In order to stay healthy and alert, it is essential to get enough good-quality sleep. But did you know that it is also important for your eyesight?
The Negative Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Lack of sleep can take a toll on your eyes. Some effects are mild and easily remediable while others can become quite severe. For example, dark circles under your eyes are one of the less damaging effects of sleep deprivation. Skipping good-quality sleep can also make your eyes look tired and puffy, and lead to eye spasms or twitching throughout the day. A slightly more pressing effect of lack of sleep is having itchy, dry and bloodshot eyes. At times, this can cause pain and irritation. You may experience sensitivity to light and blurred vision as well.
How to Get Good Sleep
An optometrist from a trusted eye care center recommends the following tips:
- An hour before bed, dim the lights in your home to tell your mind and body that it is time to relax and wind down.
- Exercise regularly. Get your workout earlier in the day since exercising at least three hours before sleep can make it difficult to relax.
- Keep your bedroom as dark as possible. If there is still a source of light that you cannot remove, try using blackout curtains or wearing a sleep mask.
- To sleep better, keep your room cool, between 65 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Do not eat three hours before bed. Digestion takes up energy and can make it harder to stay asleep for a longer period of time.
You can count on Guilford Eye Center for high-quality eye care solutions. Our services include eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lenses, cataract treatment and more. Call us at (314) 627-0805, or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment. We serve patients in High Point, NC, and the surrounding areas.