Have you ever been working and suddenly your eye starts twitching uncontrollable, for no apparent reason? Have you wondered why this happens? In this article I’ll discuss what causes these annoying involuntary movements and what you can do to relieve them.
What Causes Muscles to Twitches.
There are many causes for muscles twitching. Some of them include; Dehydration, poor diet, high intake of alcohol and caffeine products Lack of sleep, fatigue, stress, overworking and eye strain.
Medical Reasons for Eye Spasms
There is several diseases that causes eye twitches some of them include; Disorders of the Endocrine system like Cushing’s disease and hypothyroidism. Others contributes might include; Food poising, sinus infection, anemia and the flu.
What Should You Do?
The first thing you should do is drink plenty of water. Studies shows a person should drink 8 glasses of water a day for overall health and wellbeing. One way to become dehydrated is sweating excessively. So when you work out or sweat a lot during the day you need to add some type of healthy sports drink like Gatorade to replace electrolytes lost while you exercised.
Since Caffeine and alcohol are stimulants that increases movement of voluntary and involuntary muscles you should limit your intake of caffeine products like tea coffee and pop. You should also decrease your consumption of alcohol.
Third you should make sure you get plenty of rest at night, and take frequent breaks during the day. Studies show that stress, fatigue and being overly tired will cause your eye to twitch. So they suggest to get a minimal of 7 hours of sleep every night.
Fourth keep up with your annual eye exams. Strained and tired eyes is a contributing factor to eye muscle twitches. So have your eyes checked regularly. If you’re prescribed glasses you need to wear them on a regular basis.
Fourth eat a well-balanced meal. Studies shows that lack of certain vitamins and minerals causes several health issues, including muscle spasms. So eating correctly, a well- balanced diet will replenish essential vitamins and minerals needed for homeostasis, overall mind and body wellness.
The last suggestion is learn how to relax. People who don’t give their selves enough down time, a time where they can get away from the stressors of daily life will have major health issues later in their lives. Eye twitches being a minor issue.
Although there is no medical cure for these muscle spasms at this time, there is a few things you can do that will help alleviate the involuntary movements.
The first suggestion is take a break. Sometimes the simple act of walking to the water fountain will reduce stress and tension. This in turn will stop the twitching eye.
Try applying warm moist heat to the eye. This will increase the blood flow and relax the smooth facial muscles. You can do this by placing a damp washcloth in the microwave for a few seconds. Carefully take the wash cloth out and make sure it’s not too hot for the delicate tissue above your eye. Gently lay the warm cloth over the area and relax.
If a warm pack didn’t work try a cold compress. This will slow the blood flow and neurotransmitters to the area. It will also decrease any swelling you may have.
Taking a long hot shower or soaking in a fragrance enriched bath might help relieve the annoyance. The heat from the shower, or the scented bath will relax your tense muscles. The chosen fragrance, preferably either lavender, rosewood, or Jasmine will relax your mind.
Other possible solutions include massage therapy, acupuncture, tai cha or visiting a yoga class. Both yoga and tai cha will help by teaching you relaxation techniques. Including deep breathing.
If you’ve tried all the above and still have no relief, it’s suggested to try to get a good night’s sleep. Rest helps the body to rejuvenate, reenergize itself.
Twitching eyes is very annoying, especially when you’re in the middle of something. Sometimes the twitching is brief while other times it may last a while. If it becomes an continues occurrence, you might want to see a doctor.
In the meantime when eye twitches becomes so bothersome that you’re having difficulty functioning there is things you can do. Take a break. Even a few minutes of get away time helps relieve stress, tension and it helps with blood circulation. Apply either warm moist heat or cold cloths over the twitching area. Warm relaxes muscles improves blood flow. While cold compresses reduces swelling, decreases blood flow. Go to a masseuse massage therapy will relax your muscles and alleviate stress. Try using relaxation techniques like deep breathing. Sometimes a long hot soak with your favorite oil followed by a restful night’s sleep will do the trick.