5 Crucial Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Eyeglasses

You may have had your glasses for years and still think you see perfectly clear with them, but there’s a good chance you may not have noticed that your vision isn’t as great as when you first got your pair of lenses.

So when you start to take notice of the following signs, it’s probably time to schedule an appointment with your optometrist:

1. Headaches
Recurring headaches is perhaps the most overlooked factor people notice, but it’s the most telling sign that you need to change your lenses.

This happens because while you’re actually seeing things slightly more blurry than usual over time, your brain compensates for this and tries to correct the problem. The result is that your brain expends energy correcting your vision, and you get headaches.

2. Squinting
Another sign that you need to replace your glasses is if you find yourself squinting to focus on objects. This is especially true if you’re nearsighted and need to see distant objects clearly. But what you don’t realize is that this does more damage over time.

In fact, squinting actually forces your eyes to focus, which adds more strain on them, and if you find this more likely to happen when you’re reading or a book or using a computer, then you’re due for a prescription change.

3. Blurred Vision
Having blurred vision is less obvious at first since you don’t notice this right away. However, you will eventually notice a moment when your vision is suddenly blurred even with glasses on.

If this is the case, you will need to see your optometrist to determine whether you need a prescription change or treatment for other conditions that cause significant changes to your vision, such as cataracts.

4. Eye Fatigue
While this can be caused by a lot of other factors (such as a lack of sleep or seasonal allergies), they usually only last a day or two at most. Persistent eye fatigue, meanwhile, is a common symptom caused by having outdated prescription lenses.

IF you’re experiencing eye fatigue more frequently than you used to, having a prescription change may be due in order to relieve some of the strain.

5. Lens Scratching
Wear and tear is also a huge factor for needing a regular prescription upgrade. Even though scratches on your lenses may seem un-obtrusive at first, they could significantly affect your vision and increase the amount of eye strain you experience.

The same can also be said for glasses with special coatings or outdated features, such as those designed for anti-UV or for glare reduction. In fact, if your glasses are longer than two years old, you should have them replaced with a prescription that suits your needs.

Beset by Nightmares: What to Do?  

 

When we sleep we either have a good or a bad dream. We cannot possibly pick what dreams we produce but when it becomes real bad, we just wake up. This is not the case for people who are suffering from chronic nightmares.

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People who suffer chronic nightmares often wake in terror at least once or twice a week. In fact, some people continue to feel terrified throughout the next few days that sleeping will be impossible. In chronic nightmares, there is nothing but negative emotions like sadness, anger, guilt, shame and fear.

Before it takes a toll on our mental health, it is important that we know what to do should this become our case. The good news is that there are effective treatments for chronic nightmares. There are many specialists that we can ask for help here in Singapore. Here are some treatments they will suggest:download

  • Psychotherapy: In psychotherapy, patients meet with their therapists regularly to discuss the nightmares. Therapists will then evaluate which emotional problems are causing the nightmare. Other people do not consider this because they think therapists are for crazy people only.
  • Prazosin: Prazosin is a drug prescribed for people with high blood pressure however recent studies claim that doses of this drug at night can help people with chronic nightmares and posttraumatic disorders. Before taking this, we have to consult our physicians.
  • Imagery Rehearsal Therapy: Although a very young entrant, this therapy has been gaining favor as a treatment for people suffering from chronic nightmare.

We have to remember that chronic nightmares can trigger psychological stress like depression, fatigue and anxiety.

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How to Encourage Deep Sleep  

 

According to studies conducted by the researchers of the University of Rochester, the brain features its own cleansing system which is called the glymphatic system. This system drains the waste products out from our brain.

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There is a new research that claims that sleeping on our side improves the brain’s waste clearance. This interesting research is revealed by Stony Brook University. As a result of the waste clearance, we can prevent neurodegenerative diseases and Alzheimer’s disease.

The new findings are truly interesting but our sleep position will depend which side we are comfortable. Singaporeans should know that deep sleep can help the glymphatic system. If deep sleep seems elusive, it is time that we know few tricks.

Here are some things that we can do to encourage deep sleep:Beautiful young woman sleeping

  • Avoid caffeine: As we are nearing to sleep, we have to avoid caffeine because it tends to wake us at night.
  • Keeping a schedule: Life here in Singapore is complicated to keep a sleep-wake schedule but we can try. We have to train our body’s rhythm that is why we need to set a sleep-wake schedule.
  • Turning off blue lights: Lights are not conducive for sleeping unless we cannot sleep without the lights. We have to turn off lights specifically blue lights – those that are emitted from our laptops and smartphones.
  • Limit alcohol: Just like caffeine, we also need to limit our alcohol intake before sleeping. Alcohol can deter deep sleep.

Deep sleep is important. If we are wondering why we cannot focus even if we slept for five hours, deep sleep should be factored in. Deep sleep is synonymous to quality sleep.

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5 Ways to Control Your Caffeine Addiction

Feeling too controlled by your caffeine addiction? Then it might be time to consider detoxing off your stuff without really sacrificing the jolt of energy that you need. Depending on your caffeine habit, kicking off the stuff might take seven to 10 days. You may opt to completely abstain from caffeinated drinks, or try to gradually reduce your caffeine intake. Either way, the following tips will surely help in kicking your bad coffee habit.

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  1. List the Reasons Why You Want to Quit. There are several reasons why ditching your daily caffeine intake can be a good move, and listing down those reasons is a good way to keep you motivated in the long run. Whether your reason is that it causes you sleeplessness, anxiety and irritability, or you find your latte-a-day habit rather expensive, just write your reasons down and start your caffeine detox from there.
  1. Drink Lots of Water. Other than caffeinated drinks, water is also a great way to boost your energy levels early in the morning. It may be hard at first, but as you start to drink a cup or two right when you wake up, you’ll see the immediate jolt of energy that it gives. Apart from that, drinking lots of water will also help offset the water that you lost during the time you were drinking caffeinated drinks.
  1. Opt for Green Tea. Unlike coffee, green tea only contains small traces of caffeine that’s already enough to give you the natural buzz you need every morning. Also, sipping a cup of it in the morning will mimic the experience of drinking an actual cup of coffee.

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  1. Perform Some Workout Routine. As you start to adjust to a caffeine-free lifestyle, you’ll need to find ways on how you can make up for the little energy jolts that you lost. The ideal way to get your energy pumping? Perform some workout routine. Even if it’s quite impossible for you to perform a huge routine, you can start your day just by doing little walks and jogs to feel energized and mentally refreshed.
  1. Do it With a Friend. Breaking a bad habit is always easier when it’s done with someone who shares the same experience. So look for a relative or a friend who’s also considering giving up their caffeine habit, and have him as your support system.

Although breaking your coffee habit may take some time, following these tips will make your transition to a caffeine-free lifestyle easier and less of a hassle.

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