Give ’em the ole twitchy eye

You know what makes you feel completely nuts? Having an eye twitch.

Last week I had five days of constant, neurotic-making eye twitching and I felt a little bit at my wit’s end. After turning to Facebook in a moment of desperation, I got some good tips from my very smart friends and also learned that a number of them suffer from this affliction as well!

So, I thought I’d share some of my research on this tricky subject! I tried a combination of these, below, to mixed results:

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So a lack of magnesium could be one of the causes of the twitching. And is a quick remedy with supplements! Magnesium is supposed to work on muscle, and zinc is helpful in soothing the nervous system.

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One of the biggest contributors to an eye twitch is unfortunately stress. Being less stressed is hard- and actually easy to stress out about. Especially when you have that constant tic reminding you you’re stressed and your body isn’t especially capable of dealing with it! Stressed out people also typically aren’t sleeping enough, which can add to the issue. Take naps.

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Muscle spasms can come from being dehydrated. And! Splashing cold water on your face can sometimes help with more immediate relief.

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Keeping your eyes well lubricated either from eye drops or more regular blinking is said to help relieve dry eye. That being said, there’s nothing that makes you more self-conscious about your eye and its twitchiness than trying to remember to blink often.

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Yep, it’s sad but caffeine and alcohol both have effects on your eye, and too much of either can cause a twitchiness. Try cutting back!

So, my final remedy on this? Beats me. I have a feeling the twitch was pretty much stress related- I’ve put a lot of extra work on my shoulders lately, and I must have finally broke the camel’s (or my?) back. This weekend I found my wedding dress (Yay!) and after that? The twitch disappeared. Go figure 🙂

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