It’s often said that the eyes are the window to the soul. It could also be said that the eyes are the window to quality sleep.
Humans spend about 1/3 of our life sleeping but while our body rests, our eyes stay busy, they’re constantly working.
Given our eyes are actually an external part of our brain, when they try to tell us things, we should listen. Fun fact, eyes are the only part of a person’s brain which can be seen directly from the outside!
The eye’s external parts (the cornea and lens) actually blocks 99% of UV light from the sun! However, that doesn’t mean that we’re safe to do as we please. Light still affects us in a very large way, and has lasting effects on our sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to a whole host of issues such as slower reaction time, poor concentration, dry eyes, irritability, food cravings, brain fog, eye spasms and increased stress and this is all after only 48 hours! Long term, there are far more serious consequences of sleep deprivation so getting good quality sleep is key to your overall health.
Sleep can be divided into two parts – Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM). REM sleep makes up about 20% of your total sleep and it’s this part of sleep that’s crucial for brain development. REM sleep is vital for learning, memory and mood. It is also when we are most likely to experience vivid dreams!
Sleep is the single most important thing we can do for our mental and physical health so let’s wake up to the facts so we can get our best night’s sleep.Sleep well,