Sleep Disorders

14 July 2009

Dark circles a tell-tale sign

If the dark circles under your eyes evoke images of boxing matches, it may be time to take things a bit slower and get more sleep.

If the dark circles under your eyes evoke images of boxing matches, it may be time to take things a bit slower and get more sleep. Note, however, that it could be more serious. An underactive thyroid, or a sensitivity to certain foods, could be to blame.

Take action:
If you are sleeping well, but still have circles under your eyes, consider eliminating possible food triggers from your diet. Start with wheat and then with cow's milk – these are common culprits. Also cut down on your salt and alcohol intake and drink at least eight glasses of water per day. If the problem persists, pay a visit to your doctor.

Read more about thyroid problems and diet.

 

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Neera Bhikha is a Neurophysiologist at SandtonMedi Clinic in Johannesburg. She specialises in Neurodiagnostic testing which includes EEG (routine and long term monitoring sleep studies), Polysomnograms, Nerve conduction studies/EMG studies.

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