Of course if we turn to science, we learn that the gritty substance stuck in your eyes is actually a type of rheum, a discharge that comes from the nose, mouth or eyes during sleep. The rheum from the eye specifically is called “gound.” Made up of dust, blood/ skin cells, and mucus, gound is usually washed away during the day by blinking. Once asleep, though, the gound gathers in the corners of your eyes and dries out, causing that Sandman effect.
You never want to wipe the gound away with your hands due to risk of infection, but it helps to use eye drops with a tissue, or a warm washcloth. Makeup can also turn the gound from uncomfortable to infectious – leaving eye makeup on overnight can put you at risk for pink eye.
Take Care of Those Peepers
“You look tired” — The three little words we never want to hear. Lack of sleep can cause dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. If you can’t get eight hours in, look to cool temperatures to reduce the pesky puffiness & circles. A few quick and easy techniques are:
- Classic Cucumber: Slices of cucumber over the eyes can refresh, tighten, and tone the under-eye area. Leave them on for 15 minutes to sooth and lose the tired look.
- Frozen Spoons: Yes, spoons! Just place a couple in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, then cover your eyes with them. Leave them until the spoons get room temperature.
- Chamomile: Soak chamomile tea bags in hot water, then rinse in cool water to create an eye-pack. Leave them on for 20 minutes and chamomile’s anti-inflammatory properties will help de-puff your baby blues (or greens, or browns!)
Off To Never-Never Land
Of course, you’ll look as fresh as possible if you get a good night’s sleep – after washing that eye makeup off! Let the Sandman lull you to sleep on a mattress from A Goodnight Sleepstore! Between our selection of traditional and organic mattresses, we will happily help you find the perfect fit.