What your Eyes tell about your Sleep Quality

February 21, 2011

The amount and quality of sleep that you get certainly shows in your eyes

They say eyes are the windows to your soul. Well, in this case, eyes are the best indicators of whether you’ve slept well or not. Puffy eyes, eye bags, and tired eyes are all symptoms of inadequate sleep. But is it really a big deal?

Puffy eyes

Puffy eyes are the swelling of tissue around the eyes. It’s funny because puffy eyes are just a better way of saying swollen eyes. Normally we get puffy eyes in the morning and it’s primarily caused by fluid build-up around the eyes. It could be from too much sodium in your diet, causing water retention, excessive drinking of alcohol, not getting enough sleep, or not getting quality sleep. Puffiness under the eyes is also a common symptom of sleep deprivation.

Sometimes suffering puffy eyes myself, here are some tips that I found, on and off the net, to treat puffy eyes:

  • Reduce your salt intake. A high intake of sodium may increase your fluid retention, in which case, reducing the salt in your diet may produce good results (not only for your eyes, but also for your health in general).
  • Snack on bananas and raisins, both of which alleviate fluid retention.
  • Consume cabbage or cranberry juice. Both are diuretics, which will help you “evacuate” some excess fluid. However, don’t turn to caffeine as your diuretic of choice, as it can interfere with sleep and bring back the puffiness.
  • Exercise to improve circulation, which will help your body move fluid through your body, rather than letting it accumulate.

Eye bags

By the way, if you don’t experience puffy eyes per se, eye bags are in fact a minor form of swelling which is only usually detectable below the eyes.  Just as we normally use cold compress in treating swells, we have below two general (but effective) tips on reducing eye bags, taking into consideration the sensitivity of the eye area:

  • Place cold, used, tea bags (soaked in water) on top of closed eyelids for 10 minutes. Interestingly enough, the caffeine in the tea helps diminish liquid in the tissues around the eyes.
  • Place cold, thin slices of cucumbers over closed eye lids; it will not only soothe and cool your eyes, but also brighten them. Leave on for 5-10 minutes.
For both tea bag and cucumber treatments, take care not to get liquid inside the eyes

Puffy eyes are a big deal because our eyes not only communicate what we’re thinking and feeling inside of us but are also physical indicators of our health and how well-rested we are. With these tips, you should have no trouble climbing out of bed because getting that natural bright-eyed glow in the mornings should no longer be beyond your reach!