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Can sleep deprivation cause eye twitching?

Is it possible to get twitching eyes because of sleep deprivation? If so, how? Or what cause the twitching of my eyes?
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  • emmie18


    Yes, sleep deprivation can cause eyes to twitch because lack of sleep can lead to eyelid spasms. Other causes for eye twitching include stress, eye strain, caffeine and alcohol, dry eyes, nutritional imbalances, allergies. Usually, eye twitching is benign and come and go quickly. But also some eye twitches just do not go away in some cases, under such circumstances, see an eye doctor for proper treatment.
  • John Rodriguez


    Well, in my opinion, lack of sleep can lead to itchy eyes. According to some experts, when you suffer the sleep deprivation, your eyes will be itchy easily. As we know that, when you do not have good sleep, it will just affect your eyes, and lead to eye disorder, in that way, it may suffer dry eyes. And then itchy eyes can occur. On the other hand, there are a few causes that can cause your eye to twitch. It includes stress, caffeine, harsh light conditions. So to solve this problem, you may just do some measures to make yourself to have a good rest. Anyway, just be careful about your eyes.
  • Steve Zarren


    In February 1993, I began blinking excessively and uncontrollably. As it
    became worse, I went to a number of eye doctors. They all agreed that my
    vision was not impaired and thought the problem was dry eye and
    prescribed drops. They did not help. The others thought the cause was
    allergies, but it was not that either.

    My Focal Eyelid Dystonia Symptoms Intensify

    When I coached my sons' basketball games, I not only would miss half of
    the games caused by the blinking; I would wear a baseball cap and
    sunglasses to hide my eyes. When at a restaurant, my sons, sitting
    opposite me, would turn away to avoid looking at my eyes twitching. They
    joked about it, not realizing the discomfort and embarrassment I felt. My
    wife had to do the weekend driving since I could not. The eye twitching
    always seemed to intensify when I was in a moving vehicle. It did not
    matter if I was driving or was a passenger. My 90 mile daily round trip to
    work became a nightmare. Thankfully, I was able to avoid having any

    Two Years and Not a Solution

    Two years later, I was quite concerned and upset. By this time my quality
    of life had become worse. Being a corporate controller, I felt my future and
    family’s financial security were threatened.

    In June, 1995, I found a local doctor who diagnosed my symptoms as a
    rare neurological disorder called focal eyelid dystonia or blepharospasm. It
    is the result of “faulty” brain signals sent to the optic muscles, forcing them
    to contract, hence the twitching. With the cause being unknown, there
    was no hope of relief. (I would later find relief by accident). It is not life-
    threatening but could be debilitating. In the worst cases, the sufferer would
    be considered legally blind even though their vision may be 20-20.

    Injecting Botox Resulted in Some Relief

    A neurologist told me that the preferred treatment was injectiing small
    doses of Botox (Botulinum toxin) into the eyelids. This would later become
    popular to get rid of wrinkles. I had it done, but a short time later I noticed
    my eyes looked different. I then also noticed the side of my face and smile
    were affected by the botox. After the second round of injections, six weeks
    later, I decided to stop.

    A Healthy Solution Seemed Hopeful

    Several weeks later, I learned of a natural and organic whole food.
    This whole food has been available for the last 30 years. I decided to try it.

    When I would back out of my driveway to go to work, the spasms would
    begin. They would not stop until the car was parked. Six weeks after taking
    this natural health food, my wife made me realize that I had not had any
    spasms all week. I said, "Could it be that the focal eyelid dystonia is caused
    from a nutritional deficiency?"

    The Quest to Prove That I Had Found an Alternative Solution That
    Really Worked

    I spent the next twelve years trying to convince the medical community
    that I had discovered something remarkable. No one would listen.

    Sometime later I was offered a double-blind study at the Wilmer Eye
    Opthomological Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in
    Baltimore, Maryland. I was overwhelmed and flattered. Six years later the
    results of the study, where I was mentioned twice, was published. The
    article appeared in The Journal of Ophthalmology, July, 2004 Issue Volume
    138; Issue 1 pages 18 – 32.

    It was stated to me that “The food is safe and I expect it to help many
    more people. I would recommend it for all who wish to try it for several

    The results noted that the food was safe, helped some, with no side

    I am very thankful to have overcome my dystonia and am able to encourage others.
  • Todd


    Yes, it is possible for you to get twitching eyes because of the sleep deprivation. When you lack the good sleep, your eyes will get infection easily and cause the bloodshot in the eyes. What's worse, you may get the black circles under the eyes. The twitching eyes are mainly caused by the eyes infection. You should have the good rest for the eyes carefully. You could use the eye drops to release the symptom.