Adult Health

10 Reasons for Puffy Eyes in the Morning

Written by andy
This is why you have such puffy eyes ever morning.

There are few things worse than waking up in the morning and finding puffy, swollen bags under your eyes. Puffy eyes are a common problem, but thankfully one that isn’t impossible to deal with. There are a few things you can do to eliminate that puffiness, provided you know the reasons for puffy eyes in the morning in the first place:

  • Excess fluid – Edema is the fancy name for swelling caused by fluid retention. Edema is usually linked to organ problems, but it’s also a common side effect of pregnancy, poor diet, and an inactive lifestyle. If your eyes—and eyelids in particular—are swollen and feel like they’re filled with fluid, it may be a sign of edema.
  • Trauma – It’s not totally unheard of for you or your partner to smack each other while you sleep.  An accident while you sleep can cause trauma to the eye—not enough to cause a black eye, but enough that there will be some swelling. If the puffiness is accompanied by pain, it may be the result of trauma while you slept.
  • Allergic reactions – Everyone is allergic to something! Many people with the more common allergies (grass, pollen, etc.) often find themselves suffering from the negative reactions, one of which is puffy eyes (along with cold and flu-like symptoms). If you find that your eyes are swollen, your nose is running, and your throat is scratchy, it’s very likely you’re suffering from an allergic reaction.
  • Crying – If you were crying the previous night, it’s very likely that the swelling around your eyes hasn’t quite gone down yet. Prolonged crying is one of the most common reasons for puffy eyes, both in the morning and all day long.
  • Diet – If you get too much sodium in your diet, you may find that water retention is a big problem. It’s not uncommon for people on a high sodium diet to retain water on their face, including around their eyes. Let go of the pizza, chips, and canned soups if you want to reduce your puffy eyes.

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  • Alcohol – Over-drinking can cause all kinds of problems, not the least of which is swelling and puffiness around your eyes. The hormonal changes, stress, and fatigue caused by drinking alcohol in high quantities can lead to swelling and fluid retention around your eyes.
  • Skin disorders – Did you know that a number of skin disorders can cause fluid retention and puffiness around your eyes? For example, dermatitis is a skin infection that can cause inflammation of the skin. If the infection sets in around your eyes, it’s normal to expect some puffiness or swelling.
  • Thyroid conditions – Both an underactive and overactive thyroid can cause problems. Both result in facial puffiness and swelling around the eyes.
  • Mono – “The kissing disease” is a fairly common one, and one of the most likely reasons for puffy eyes. The disease can cause edemas to form around the eyes, leading to the puffiness and swelling. It’s usually only a symptom during the early stages of the disease, so it’s an indicator that you may have mono.
  • Lack of sleep – A lack of sleep is one of the most common causes for puffy eyes in the morning. The interruption of the sleep cycle can lead to changes in the hormone levels, fatigue, and an increase in stress. All of these things are known contributors to fluid retention and excessive inflammation. Those puffy eyes may be the result of not enough sleep!

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Some people get lucky and are born with fit, toned bodies. Andy Peloquin is not one of those people... Fitness has come hard for him, and he's had to work for it. His trials have led him to becoming a martial artist, an NFPT-certified fitness trainer, and a man passionate about exercise, diet and healthy living. He loves to exercise--he does so six days a week--and loves to share his passion for fitness and health with others.

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