Perhaps one of the most noticeable physical signs of sleep deprivation are bags under the eyes. Not all people are susceptible to bags under the eyes, however, as genetics also play a role in the problem. When bags are a result of sleep deprivation, two types of considerations must be made to treat them. Simple lifestyle changes can reduce the size of bags, but will not remain effective unless the sleep issue is solved as well.
Things You'll Need
Go to bed at the same time each night. A regular sleep cycle may improve the overall quality of sleep.
Take a warm bath or shower 30 to 60 minutes before you go to sleep. According to the University of Cincinnati, a warm bath or shower may act as a natural sleep aid.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, vigorous exercise and reduce liquid intake four hours prior to bed time. All of these factors may prevent sleep or reduce the quality of sleep. Keep in mind that daily exercise, when performed before dinner, can help maintain a normal sleep cycle.
Use the bed only for sleeping so your mind views it strictly as a sleeping vessel. Do not read, write or watch television in bed.
See a doctor about synthetic melatonin if irregular sleep patterns are a serious problem. Melatonin may help regulate the sleeping cycle.
Baggy Eye Reduction
Keep the head slightly elevated while sleeping. If the head is one of the lowest parts of the body while lying down, fluid may flow beneath the eyes and settle in place.
Saturate a clean washcloth with cold water. Wring out excess water and hold the washcloth against the eyes for 15 minutes. Repeat this process at least once per day.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep the body hydrated, with the majority of water consumed during the morning through late afternoon, as it’s important to reduce liquid consumption late in the day. A general rule of thumb is to drink eight large glasses of water per day, but this may differ depending on the body type. Urine should be clear or have a very light yellow color when the body is adequately hydrated.
Reduce salt intake as it causes the body to retain water, which ultimately may affect the size of puffiness beneath the eyes.
References and ResourcesUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham Medicine; Baggy Eyes; July 22, 2002
Go Ask Alice; Bags Under the Eyes; Mar. 23, 2007
University of Cincinnati NetWellness: Insomnia: How to Get a Better Night's Sleep