Quality and restful sleep is critical to our overall health, and our eyes and eyesight are no doubt part of the equation.
Running low on sleep can take a toll on our eyes in ways we might not realize. Here, we break down the connection between sleep and your vision. Poor quality of sleep or not enough sleep can result in one or more of the following issues:
Dark circles: You might notice when you’re not well rested that you wake up with puffy skin under the eyes and even dark circles. While not a major cause for concern, this makes you appear tired.
Eye spasms: When you’re running low on sleep, you might experience spasms and twitching throughout the day. While more of an annoyance than a serious health condition, you might find it’s difficult to read, do your work, or even drive safely.
Dry eyes: Patients who experience sleep deprivation may find they have dry, itchy, bloodshot eyes upon waking, also known as dry eye. Dry eyes can be a nuisance, but they can also be a sign that they aren’t getting the lubrication they need to stay healthy. Some people with this condition are sensitive to light and/or have blurred vision. It’s important to resist the urge to rub them, as this can cause an eye infection.
Glaucoma: While usually a worst-case scenario, lack of sleep over time can lead to more serious concerns like glaucoma. This results when too much pressure builds up inside the eye. Some patients lose their vision entirely. Adequate sleep, on the other hand, gives the eyes the chance to rest, heal, and replenish so that they can stay healthy.
While we live in a fast-paced world that doesn’t always prioritize rest, it’s essential to our health and well-being. Don’t let your eyesight suffer when you can take simple precautions to protect it. So, get a good’s night rest and reap the rewards of healthy eyes and optimal vision!
It’s best to see your Midwest Eye Consultants doctor if you any pressing concerns about your vision and overall eye health. He or she can take steps to determine if a further course of action is needed and provide a customized treatment plan for you. Schedule an appointment today for added peace of mind.