Sleep Deprivation and How it Affects Your Eye Health

Submitted by Pycraft Family… on Mon, 10/14/2019 - 9:00am
Sleep deprivation and eye health

It happens to all of us at one time or another — life gets busy or stressful, and we lose sleep. But getting the right amount of sleep is actually a healthy habit for our eyes as well as the rest of our body. 

How Much Sleep is Enough? 

When you sleep, you are helping your eyes recover from working all day. After the first time of less than five hours of sleep (the minimum amount of time your eyes need to recover), you can begin to exhibit symptoms that your eyes are affected by a lack of sleep. 

Common Eye Issues Due to Lack of Sleep

You can experience trouble focusing and even double vision when you don’t get at least five hours of sleep. Many people have an involuntary twitch of the eyelid, known as myokymia, when they don’t get a good night’s sleep. Getting enough sleep can make the twitching go away. 

Dry eyes and lower tear production are other common symptoms seen early on from sleep deprivation. 

Long-term sleep deprivation puts people at a higher risk of developing ischemic optic neuropathy, which leads to permanent vision loss. 

It’s important for your eye health, as well as your overall health, that you get the recommended amount of sleep each night. If you are experiencing trouble sleeping, contact your primary physician. If you are experiencing eye issues due to sleep deprivation, contact Pycraft Family Eye Care.